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Science Says Gamers Are More Intelligent

Science Says Gamers Are More Intelligent

We live in a world of criticism and stereotypes. We – as gamers – are often judged by this one interest of ours without having the chance to show our other talents and skills.

If you are someone who can ignore people’s opinion and keep doing what you love, great; however, some gamers feel bad about it, and let that stop them from dreaming big and achieving more in life.

Here’s the motivation boost you’ve been waiting for. Science says we are more intelligent than non-gamers. Furthermore, playing daily for many hours is not all that bad. Regular gameplay actually makes us better at decision making, more goal-oriented, smarter in general, and unleashes the creative genius inside of us.

Since some people don’t believe (my parents sure question this theory), there is some research no one can argue with it. We present three actual reasons why games make us more intelligent. You can use them as proof in front of those who criticize you all the time.

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1. Gamers are less stressed.

This study from East Carolina University clearly states that video games help us relieve stress and are one of the best ways to blow off steam.

While the average person may indulge in lazy activities like social media, watching TV, binge eating, or drinking out with friends, gamers already have a way to reduce stress that is a part of their daily life.

This helps us handle problems more easily throughout the day and deal with other people and issues without taking it too seriously. In the long-term, it leads to more peaceful and relaxed mind, body, and soul.

2. Games make us 20% smarter.

If you’d like to speak with numbers and sound more convincing, then use this research by the Department of Defense that directly says that gamers are more intelligent.

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The main reason is that video games increase perceptual abilities, improve short-term memory, and help focus longer. On top of that, playing games sharpens the mind and boosts brain power. This is because most games require the person to react fast, and come up with a solution to a problem with immediacy. Gaming helps keep the brain consistently working at higher efficiency.

The love for games usually goes together with being interested in other technologies too. Because of this, gamers like to explore new devices, and master new tools or apps before others learn how to use them. This fosters a healthy curiosity for learning which also definitely helps keep the brain active.

3. Game lovers are much more creative.

This study shows that children who play games are creative when it comes to many other activities like writing or painting.

This ability to express ourselves artistically is due to how games let us be creative in every possible way, like having to come up with unusual ways to overcome obstacles, build something from scratch, and combine seemingly unrelated elements to complete a quest.

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When it comes to creativity, once you unleash it, you can apply the same skills to anything in life.

Daily life, with all its worries and distractions, makes people lazy when it comes to going after their goals. Most often, they haven’t even defined their goals yet. Following your dreams means taking action daily to get one step closer to your vision. This pursuit requires patience, consistency, and effort. For gamers, most have learned to turn setting and achieving goals into a habit. Games have taught us how to follow instructions, to always be going after something, and improving our skills all the time.

Games also show us that failure doesn’t mean the game is over, it just means we didn’t find the thing that works yet. Trying again means moving forward and getting closer to the solution.

Conclusion

So, that’s what makes gamers more intelligent.

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The facts are there, backed by scientific research. Next time someone disrespects you for being a gamer, show them the truth.

Be proud of being a gamer!

Featured photo credit: ESL Extreme Masters: Pro Gaming via commons.wikimedia.org

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Last Updated on September 10, 2019

7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

Most of your reality is not a given. It is shaped by your expectations, beliefs and thoughts you have formed about it. A big chunk of these beliefs and expectations are encoded into habits you integrate in your daily life.

Yes, some of these habits are formed unconsciously and can be counter-productive or limiting but conversely, you can consciously form positive habits that will transform and empower your life significantly.

This is a powerful point of departure that more and more people are becoming aware of. The most common trait of highly successful people is the recognition of the power they have in co-creating their reality through changing the way they think, believe or expect their reality to be.

One of the most effective ways of changing our belief patterns is through practising and maintaining daily rituals. Ancient traditions had clearly understood the power of rituals in reinforcing habits and changing the way we see and create our reality a long, long time ago.

Once again, if you look into the life history of any highly successful individual, you will find some form of ritual in their daily routine. Some of these rituals may seem banal or eccentric but don’t be deceived by appearances. Rituals are one of the most effective self-empowering tools freely available at the practitioner’s disposal – that is, you!

Below are some the easiest yet life-changing morning rituals you can do every day. Of course, you can have your own afternoon or bed-time rituals but morning rituals are extremely effective in empowering your day since they help you charge yourself before it all starts.

1. Gratitude

Feeling gratitude and appreciation for those little signs and moments of joy happening in your life is probably one of the most overlooked or underestimated rituals. It is a perfect morning ritual to start your day on a very positive key.

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The real power of gratitude is that it makes you pick out and focus on what is working in your life – what is in tune with your being as a whole. It is selectively positive. It reinforces happiness and positivity by shedding light on those awesome things, small or big, that grace your everyday living.

Quite often, we just pick out the pain points, the problems, the bottle necks, whatever it is that is not working in our life and causing friction, anxiety and unhappiness. This is like constantly rewriting the script of your life with a negative or tragic overtone. Your subconscious mind follows faithfully that script you write whether it is a negative or positive one.

So feeling gratitude is undoubtedly an immensely empowering ritual. Start your day by being thankful for those positive things that happened the previous day or throughout the week. It could be something really petty and small. It doesn’t matter. You might be grateful for an unexpected visit from an old friend, a beautiful encounter with a kind stranger, a new opportunity or whatever it is that shines your way. Do it every morning and see what happens during the day.

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    2. Writing Down Your Most Important Tasks

    This is a very practical ritual. Start your day by identifying and writing down from one to three of the most important tasks you need to complete during that day. These tasks are ones which support important long term goals that are aligned to your purpose, passion or general direction in life.

    For example, if writing a book or building an online community are important long term goals which are aligned to your personal growth, then an important task for the day might be finishing off a particular page or two of the book or coming up with fresh content ideas for the online community.

    What is important with this ritual is that you identify these tasks and complete them as early in the day as possible. Of course, you will have other tasks apart from the ones you will write down but, these are tasks which can be tackled later or batched up and carried out in one go.

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    Writing down your most important tasks in the morning helps you focus your day and life according to what is essential. It helps you prioritize and manage your time better. As a result, you simplify your life by applying your focus and energy on what really counts for your overall life progress.

    3. Affirm Your Goals in Writing or Drawing

    This is similar to the previous idea but different in its application and purpose. Writing down your most important tasks of the day is a way to have a concrete structure of action to follow. Affirming your goals, on the other hand, is a very powerful way of crystallizing your vision and goals in life into your everyday mental space.

    Writing down or doodling your goals on a piece of paper helps you externalize those goals by giving them form. In return, they are reflected back in your subconscious mind and thus, reinforcing them and integrating them more wholly.

    An example of this would be writing down “I am achieving greater success in my career” or “I am becoming healthier and stronger through my exercise.” Notice the present tense being used as a way to tell yourself you are in the process already. Remember the life script we subconsciously follow? You are basically modifying the script to be applied now in the present.

    Drawing or doodling can be equally, or even more, effective  (if you are more of a visual person) as it summarizes a graphical representation of your goals. For example, if your goal is to build a new house or live in another country, you can draw the house or draw things that symbolise the country you want to live in.

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      4. Practice Qi Gong Exercises

      According to Chinese philosophy, Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) means the life force or energy inherent in all things;[1] and Qi Gong is the practice to cultivate and circulate that energy in your body. This may sound esoteric or complicated but actually, Qi Gong is really a set of simple exercises aimed at increasing your health and vitality.

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      There are numerous forms and practices available for free through the online media. As a morning ritual, I recommend following these simple exercises by Qi Gong master Lee Holden:

      5. Drink Hot Water with Lemon

      Simply add a slice of lemon in a glass of hot water and drink one every morning. This is a very simple ritual I follow faithfully every morning.

      Apart from being a good source of vitamin C and a great way of flushing out toxins in the morning, it balances and maintains the PH levels in the body, reduces pain and inflammation in joints and knees and helps nourishing brain and nerve cells. Here are some more benefits of drinking hot water with lemon.

      6. Rise Earlier

      The practical advantages of waking up early are obvious.

      For example, you gain more time for doing exercise such as walking, cycling or Qi Gong as suggested above. You gain more time to be with yourself to reflect, meditate or, more importantly, carry out the other morning rituals.

      So rising early can be seen as a foundation for all the other morning rituals. Many, like myself, find that they are more productive in the early hours of the day.

      Also, various studies have shown that there are many other benefits from waking up an hour or two earlier in the morning. Sleeping early and waking up early helps the body attune with the earth’s circadian rhythms thus, promoting more restorative sleep. Other curious results from such studies show, for instance, that early risers tend to be more optimistic and can anticipate and solve problems more efficiently than the norm.[2]

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      7. Listen to Uplifting Music

      Uplifting music can have a direct impact on our mood, especially in the morning. It charges us emotionally and tunes us into a more positive outlook of the day ahead.

      Most people wake up to music or listen to music as they commute to work. Very often, however, they tune in to a radio or randomly pick a playlist from their device. Being more selective and conscious of the music you listen to in the morning can have a great impact on your day and life in general.

      It’s funny how we try to choose music according to our mood. For example if you are feeling down or disappointed by something, you are more prone to listen to music that reflects that mood – for instance blues, sad songs or downtempo music. This has the effect of reinforcing that mood. What you need to do is the exact opposite and retune your mood by listening to music that beats to a different tune than that mood.

      Try to listen to more uplifting music in the morning even if, or especially if, your mood does not dictate so.

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      Reference

      [1] Live Science: What Is Qi Gong
      [2] Harvard Business Review: Defend Your Research: The Early Bird Really Does Get the Worm

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