Here are 8 Ways to Develop More Wisdom in Your Life

How to become a wiser person every single day

How to become a wiser person every single day
How to become a wiser person every single day
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Wisdom and Society

Wisdom is essential in all societies. This is evident because the word ‘wisdom’ exists in the vocabulary of almost every language in the world. It is considered the highest human trait in many cultures.

Preparing to Gain More Wisdom

Here’s a comforting thought in your pursuit of wisdom. The intention to become wiser will help your cause. This is a great way to start. What also helps is the willingness to be more introspective in an honest way.

8 Ways to Become Wiser

Here are eight mental skills that embrace mindfulness and develop more wisdom. Understand that they require practice, and formal meditation will significantly enhance their effectiveness.

Constant observation of the mind’s habits
Constant observation of the mind’s habits
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Constant observation of the mind’s habits

We begin by observing our thoughts, and we must be honest without any bias. It is essential to take notice of the defenses that our mind builds. Behind these mental walls are opportunities to become much wiser.

Get outside of our routine thought flow
Get outside of our routine thought flow
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Get outside of our routine thought flow

When we begin paying attention to our moment-to-moment sensory experiences, we get a perspective on the way we process our thoughts. We also discover that our thought process is a habit. Upon a closer examination, we can see the influence of our culture and family.

Embrace opposing points of view
Embrace opposing points of view
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Embrace opposing points of view

We all have strong points of view — some of them are stronger than others. And we tend to defend these stronger views more fiercely. The question is, how willing are we to listen to those who directly oppose our most valued opinions and beliefs?

Learn to accept some discomfort
Learn to accept some discomfort
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Learn to accept some discomfort

We live in a world of instant gratification. This is because humans have a natural tendency to avoid pain and seek pleasure. This is how our ancient ancestors survived, so it should not be surprising that we have also embraced these practices.

  • Those who are extremely eager to find instant gratification typically have a poor self-image. Without this gratification, they have to accept their lives as they now exist² — which is the sum of every choice they have ever made. Those who abuse drugs fall under this category. Gratifications are a way of sweeping their mental dirt under the rug.
Disconnect from automatic reactions
Disconnect from automatic reactions
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Disconnect from automatic reactions

Let’s imagine that our spouse or partner brings up a sensitive topic, and we immediately deploy an emotional response such as anger, disgust, or clam up. This has become our automatic reaction to that topic. We have hundreds of automatic reactions like this that are programmed into our psyche³.

Observe how our minds create their own suffering
Observe how our minds create their own suffering
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Observe how our minds create their own suffering

It is quite amazing how we humans have learned to torment ourselves with our thoughts. Think about those nights you couldn’t sleep because you were worrying about something. Or how about the presentation that you knew would go badly. These are examples of how our minds cause us to suffer.

Sources

[1]: Emily Swaim. (May 11, 2020). Delayed Gratification and Impulse Control. https://www.verywellmind.com/delayed-gratification-why-wait-for-what-you-want-2795429.

Retired Scientist and Jogger. Experienced online publisher since 2006.

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