Sharpen your sense of humor
Sarcastic people are smarter people, at least according to a study published in Organizational Behavior. They found that exchanging witty banter with a friend or colleague increases creativity in both the speaker and the listener. Why? Sarcasm, when used in a light-hearted way, increases abstract thinking skills. The key, of course, is to keep things fun and stay away from mean-spirited humor. Learn these 25 clever jokes to sound more intelligent.
Listen more than you speak
The average person meets three new people a day, adding up to interactions with over 80,000 people during your lifetime. That’s a lot of people. It’s also a lot of opportunities to learn something new. Everyone is an expert of something (even if it’s just themselves) and if you go into a conversation with the intent of learning something new then you’ll find yourself enlightened, often in unexpected ways. And you don’t have to be a social butterfly full of witty one-liners to get this benefit. In fact, the less you talk, the more you’ll likely learn. Next, read up on the 10 signs that show you’re actually smart.