Easiest, quickest, sure-shot ways to become, or at least sound, smarter

Sitting around in parties, sipping a drink, watching people talk-and-walk, but not adding a word to the flow of conversation. Sounds like you? Here’s a little secret. A lot of people aren’t as smart as they sound. Well, you knew that already. But that means you can sound smarter too. And it isn’t difficult.

Chances are if you’re reading this on a platform like Medium, you are already smart (or getting there). But here’s some more simple (and fun) stuff you can do to up your Social Smartness Quotient.

There is a word for that

You know that feeling when you’re trying to describe an emotion or an experience, but can’t find the right word for it? You’d be happy to know that there is a beautiful word for exactly what you’re struggling with. It’s exulansis. And when you subtly show off your knowledge of these rare words in a gathering, you’ll be seen as an intellectual who is an avid reader. Possibly of many languages. Follow this blog for thousands of such words. You can also read this list of unusual words that would make you sound like a philosopher.

This day that year

Subscribe to a simple channel such as this, or watch some videos on YouTube, to get a daily update of what happened in history on the same date as today. Spend two minutes in the morning reading it through traffic, or waiting for your public transport. Google Doodle has made this task much simpler. Just make sure you click on the doodle on the homepage of Google before you start your day to find out enough about the topic. Whether it is music, sports, wars or technology, you’d know something a lot of people wouldn’t about today. This would give you a topic to start off the discussion, or steer an ongoing one towards your desired direction.

Play

No really. Play indoors and outdoors. Not only do sports like football, basketball, badminton etc. increase your hand-eye coordination, the physical exercise also stimulates neurogenesis, thus creating more neurotransmitters in the body. Indoor games such as Scrabble, Pictionary, Scattergories, Taboo, Monopoly, Blockbusters etc. sharpen your wits and improve your vocabulary, logical thinking hence making you smarter in the long run. And they’re all fun!

Watch Movies

This is more fun than you thought at the start of the post, right? But it’s true. Each time you watch a well-made film, even if it isn’t a documentary, you learn a little about a lot of random things. Look out for ratings on Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and IMDB when making a choice about what to watch next. I’m not saying you can become a Formula-1 superstar by watching Senna, but you can definitely apply that knowledge of racing politics the movie shows in your conversations and real life.

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