06 Aug Optimism Makes Your Brain Work Better – One study shows you can raise your IQ by 13 points by having an ‘abundance mindset.’ Here’s how to get one.
via Inc.com by Jessica Stillman
Back when there were approximately 57 people running to be the Democratic nominee for president, entrepreneur turned candidate Andrew Yang distinguished himself from the crowded field by pushing the idea of universal basic income. Free money from the government has obvious political upsides, but as Yang explained in a Big Think video back then, UBI has another huge upside: it makes people smarter.
Optimism makes your brain work better.
That might sounds crazy, but Yang pointed to a convincing study to illustrate his point. When scientists gave a group of farmers an IQ test before the harvest and then gave them the same test after the harvest, their scores shot up 13 points from one test to the other. Same test, same farmers. The only difference was how worried they were about money.
Yang claims this is a stark reminder of the difference between a scarcity mindset, which creates stress about the things we don’t have, and an abundance mindset, which frees our brains from constant worry that there isn’t enough to go around. Optimism and a sense of possibility literally make us smarter.
Which is why Yang thought providing Americans with $1,000 a month would not just win him votes, but would actually unleash the country’s creative energy. It’s also why it pays for entrepreneurs to do their best to develop an abundance mindset.
How to develop an abundance mindset
Short of buying a winning lottery ticket, how do you do that? On Forbes recently, life coach Caroline Castrillon offered a fascinating five-point answer. The whole article is well worth a read, but here is her basic program to get the most out of your brain…
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