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McMaster Okanagan Committee

Prioritizing Optimal Health & Well-being at McMaster

Intellectual Health & Well-being

Intellectual health and well-being means recognizing creative abilities and finding ways to expand knowledge and skills. Active participation in meaningful community, cultural and educational activities encourages you to live a simulating lifestyle.

Why is Intellectual Well-being Important

Intellectual wellness is important because it helps people achieve a more balanced life. Exploring new ideas and understanding a variety of subjects makes you more mindful and a more well-rounded person. Gaining knowledge is not the only part of intellectual wellness. Sharing your experiences and knowledge is just as much as part of intellectual wellness as is seeking out a variety of experiences. First, you gain this well-rounded knowledge and then you use it to expand the knowledge of others. When you can do that, you are living a successful, knowledgeable life.

Steps to Increase Your Intellectual Well-being

It may be hard to do when you are spending most of your time doing required homework, readings or department reports, but try to find time during the morning, night, or weekend to sit down and read something for fun. Reading, especially something you enjoy, can improve your intellect by stretching your mind to think about things you normally don’t think about!

Sounds tricky, right? That’s the point! Focusing attention on information that is different than your beliefs can improve intellectual wellness. Naturally, we tend to only focus our attention on opinions, beliefs, and facts that hold true to our viewpoints. When you expose the mind to opposing ideas, it expands the mind to grasp new information.

Learning new things about the way your mind processes information can be a vital tool to helping you succeed.

Learning a foreign language can be beneficial to your intellectual health and your employment prospects. When learning different ways to communicate, your mind expands. This not only helps with being receptive to new knowledge, but also helps broaden information already learned. There are apps like Duolingo that will take new language learning into a game or ask a friend who is multi-lingual to teach you more about their other languages and cultural experiences.

Board games and cards are popularly known as leisure activities. These activities can also help with your intellectual wellness. The next time you have free time, pick up a deck of cards or pull out a board game and play! It makes no difference whether you are playing alone or you are playing with others. As long as your mind is thinking, improvements are being made. Video games or apps are also acceptable but try to put that device down when possible. Offline games tend to be more social and allow you the added benefit of keeping you less likely to be distracted by that incoming text or email.

Music has a powerful impact on our minds. Playing a musical instrument can increase intellectual wellness by learning how to create sounds, make patterns, and emote through music. Any instrument can work to increase intellectual wellness, so start today and take up a new hobby. Don’t forget that you can make a musical instrument out of almost anything. Get creative and have fun.

Taking the time to write down thoughts or journal frequently can help those who struggle with expressing their feelings or in general for anyone who is trying to make sense of what they are feeling inside. Being able to identify your feelings and understanding yourself more and your actions increase intellectual wellness by exposing your mind to deeper thinking.

Crosswords and Sudoku are leisure activities that have proved to increase intellectual wellness. Working through puzzles or finding words in patterns uses a great amount of brain power. Increasing your ability to work through these activities can maintain and build your intellectual wellness.

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