Rational intelligence and emotional intelligence affect success and quality of life more than anything else. How to keep them in the best possible condition at different ages and win the race against time?

How to maintain and develop your intelligence - at 20, 30 and 40

20-30 years old

This age is the peak of rational brain activity: your neocortex is working perfectly, ensuring the speed and sharpness of thought processes. The downside of high peak activity is increased sleep demand. The brain works in three main phases:

  • Directly "thinking"

  • Background reassembly information (basis of intuition)

  • Anchoring and rethinking in a dream

If you want a sharp and clear mind - sleep as much as your brain asks. But how do you know that you have enough sleep? Here the answer is simple: it is enough when you wake up without an alarm clock (

Anxiety and stress, faithful companions of youth, suppress the activity of the brain and prevent the formation of new neural connections, so we rather master meditation and work through psychological problems with the help of it (why drag them to 50 and live in tension?). We bring to your attention a special instruction on meditation for reducing anxiety and training concentration:

  • Move on to belly breathing. Never tried it? It is not difficult. Imagine that as you inhale, you inflate your belly and push it forward. This will allow the diaphragm to drop and air will begin to fill the very bottom of the lungs. As you exhale, draw in your stomach. Try not to move your chest and shoulders.

  • Slow down your breathing, but not at the expense of depth. Just draw in the air more slowly and exhale even more slowly. The exhalation should be slightly longer than the inhalation. This breathing will allow you to quickly calm down and relax. After a few days of meditation, you can instantly turn it on when you need it.

  • Concentrate. On your breath, on a candle flame - no matter what. The main thing is to monitor the moments when you are distracted - and immediately bring your attention back.

Studies have shown that this type of meditation physiologically develops the brain. As a result of its implementation, the blood rushes to the frontal lobes of the brain, and they thicken. Therefore, your will and concentration will grow objectively.

Maintaining emotional intelligence is equally beneficial at any age, and should start as early as possible. The two simplest practices for this are:

  • Set a goal in any communication. What exactly do I want to achieve? Am I getting closer to my goal or not? What can I change in my behavior to improve communication?

  • "Three-position". After difficult and problematic situations, conduct a thorough analysis. First, remember how it was for you. Then imagine yourself in the place of your communication partner - as it was for him / her. Then try to imagine how a neutral outside observer might have perceived this situation. Draw conclusions.

Briefly about the main thing:

  • Develop logic, abstract thinking, statistical thinking;

  • Sleep well, combine stress on the brain and body;

  • Master meditation, solve psychological, emotional problems;

  • Pay special attention to emotional intelligence.

30-40 years old

Between the ages of 30 and 40, we have to take more and more care of the body, but no less attention should be paid to maintaining mental capacity. In people of this age category, specialists, as a rule, note a slight decrease in mental acuity (2-4% in 10 years, which, however, you are unlikely to feel in practice). At the same time, they make decisions easier, faster and more accurately in everyday situations and at the moment of moral choice. The brain begins to more intensively connect different areas of your life with each other. That is why at this age it is better to listen to your intuition and try to develop it more actively (

30-40 years is an ideal time for a rapid career growth, and here you will most likely face the fact that you need to often and quickly adapt to new social roles. Unclear how to behave as a business owner? Another level of negotiation? Other men, other relationships? This is where modeling technology can come to the rescue. Look for a few samples, standards. They can be real people or characters. It is important that you have a good idea of ​​their condition and behavior.

Now think about how these people (one at a time) would behave in this situation. What would they say and feel. Try to play their role - first in your imagination, and then, with practice, in real life. Having learned this technology, you will be able to create yourself several images and "put on" them as needed. But what's even better - after a short amount of time, their best features will automatically integrate into your psyche.

Briefly about the main thing:

  • Choose where to focus your efforts (the axis around which your thoughts will revolve);

  • Solve psychological problems;

  • Try to master new social roles faster and more productively.


It's time to harvest and think about where to go next. The older you get, the more the balance shifts from "I am doing for the future" to "I am doing this because I feel so good." Focus on the main thing - on the most important goals and objectives, because by the age of 40 it becomes more profitable to improve quality, not speed. This can be helped by computer games focused on quick thinking, multitasking and decision-making.

After 40 years, you may begin to notice a slight deterioration in memory - you are not so quick to grasp new ideas, you adapt more slowly. But these are normal and natural processes. You can add three-dimensional puzzles to computer games (for example, Rubik's Cube 360), and exercises to develop eidetic memory.

Consider avoiding alcohol and cigarettes altogether. If by the age of 40 you can already afford to live the way you want, why do you need artificial and harmful stimulants? Yes, one sip and one cigarette will not cause irreparable harm, but after 10 years of such practices, their harmful effects will be evident. Is it worth it?

Try to include all of your senses. Walk barefoot, try new food, go to places with new sensory experiences. Adapt sports loads specifically for yourself, undergo medical examinations more often and do not forget that the body and mind are inextricably linked. Master the emotional practices of gratitude, forgiveness, love.

Briefly about the main thing:

  • Emotional harmony (you deserve to live the life you want);

  • Concentrate on the essentials;

  • Consider giving up bad habits altogether;

  • Three-dimensional puzzles, computer games to train thinking and memory;

  • Quality rest.