Good old habits

Einstein, Curie, Qian Xuesen, Yang Zhenning… These recognized wise men, who used their wisdom to contribute to the world when they were young, still have their brains and powers in their later years. Do they keep their brains flexible? Recently, the US media initiated discussions on “What are the common characteristics of high IQ people?” and found that smart old people have at least 10 kinds of common performance.

The table is messy and not dirty. A study by the University of Groningen in the Netherlands found that a slightly messy table can motivate people to take the initiative to simplify the task at hand, helping to clarify thinking, improve creativity and work efficiency. Einstein and the British writer Roald Dahl were known for their messy desktop. However, chaos is not equal to dirty. If the table is full of peels and rubbish, and it gives off an unpleasant smell, it loses the role of promoting thinking. It is recommended that the elderly do not over-pursuit of perfection, can take care of themselves, make the house a little messy and not dirty, and let the family live freely, is the smartest way.

Raise a cat. In history, scientists who love cats and great writers abound. Einstein, Hemingway, Ji Xianlin, Bing Xin and so on have raised cats. It is generally believed that the elderly are more suitable for raising cats, because the cat can see the attitude of “fun and happy blindness”, and the quality of human beings who are scarce and eager for “no matter how lonely and secure” can make the old man’s mentality more peaceful. Raise a kitten, snuggle up in the sun on a lounge chair, hold it when you want to be close, and feel comfortable when you want to be quiet. It is very suitable for raising your heart. However, it is difficult for the elderly to raise their dogs, and the elderly with bad legs are not competent.

Both hands must be used. Research by the University of Liverpool and the University of Milan in Italy found that left-handed people have an advantage in solving mathematical problems. This suggests that the elderly should create conditions as much as possible, so that both left and right hands can be exercised, especially to do more precise exercise training, such as writing calligraphy, doing cross stitch, practicing finger exercises, etc., which can help delay brain aging and prevent Alzhai. Silent illness.

The boss of the family, often caring for people. A study by the Norwegian National Institute of Occupational Health found that older people in siblings generally have higher IQ. It is recommended that the elderly always help others, regardless of their ability and ability to do something they can do, such as volunteering and street volunteers, which are good for both physical and mental health.

Adaptable. Whether in good or bad times, smart old people can handle it properly. Psychological research shows that one of the manifestations of high IQ is the ability to adapt or change the environment by changing one’s behavior. People with strong adaptability tend to “internal attribution” when they encounter difficulties, and they are used to finding reasons from themselves and making changes on their own initiative. For example, in the face of contradictions with children, smart old people will take the initiative to adjust their mentality, find a daughter-in-law to chat, walk with neighbors, actively ease the incompatibility of the new environment, and achieve better results.

Never hide his ignorance. There is no omnipotence in the world, no one can be a “Best of All”, but there are always people who are afraid to hear others say that they are ignorant. Two psychologists at Cornell University in the United States believe that this is a lack of ability, indicating that they generally have an illusory sense of self-premium, mistakenly believe that their ability is better than the real situation, and often overestimate themselves, This is called the “Dak effect” in psychology. On the contrary, the smarter and more knowledgeable, the more modest and illusory, because the richer the knowledge, the more you can feel the vastness of the ocean of knowledge, the more you feel your own smallness and ignorance. “I can learn if I don’t understand things.” This is the motto of a smart old man. It is recommended that the elderly usually communicate with others, recognize themselves in the eyes of others, and close the source of information without taking the initiative to accept new things.

There is a curiosity that is never satisfied. Einstein has a famous saying: “I don’t have any special talents, just passion and curiosity.” In the eyes of American psychologist Todd Cashdan, we are willing to leave familiar things and routines when experiencing curiosity. Dare to take risks, it is easier to bring a new sense of satisfaction. Old people want to regard life as a pleasant journey of exploration, learning and growth, rather than desperately explaining and controlling the world. It is recommended that the elderly write at least 3 questions a day and try to find answers from books, online, or directly ask young people around them. Young people are full of curiosity, and their active thinking can drive the minds of the elderly; the elderly can also share their experiences and make progress together.

Have an open mind. Smart people never close the door to new ideas and opportunities. They are willing to learn from others’ advanced experience, are willing to consider and accept programs that are not consistent with the existing perspectives, and can raise the issue in a straightforward manner and come up with constructive solutions. If you stick to your “psychological bastion” and hold on to the “successful life experience” of the past, you will become less confident and more boring. It is recommended that the elderly do not hang on the “think of the year”, let alone the young people “no”.

Can make people laugh. Dr. Jill Greengros, a psychologist at the University of Aberystwyth in the United Kingdom, points out that humor is closely related to intelligence and creativity. Old people who can make people laugh are often funny, knowledgeable, and able to make appropriate jokes on the right occasions. Humorous old people are more attractive, which helps to broaden communication and longevity.

Can calm down and contemplate. Some old people are most afraid of being alone, and they have to drill into the pile every day, and someone must accompany them. In fact, smart old people don’t need too much excitement. They can be so alone, write calligraphy, slap flowers, and learn new things. Research at Lake First University in Canada found that people who often calm down and contemplate, can detect potential negative events in the future, often have higher IQ; on the contrary, they always waste time on social occasions, and their non-verbal IQ (mainly observation ability) And resolution) scores are lower. Of course, the elderly still have to think positively about the problem. Do not think about it alone, or it will cause negative effects.