When it comes to intelligence, there are two types.

There is crystallized intelligence which involves taking what you’ve learned including skills, experiences, and information, and utilizing it. It is basically “book smarts” as some people call it. There is also fluid intelligence. This type of intelligence is more of one’s ability to solve problems, use logic, and create and identify patterns. It isn’t about how much you’ve learned, but how creative you can be in solving different problems or issues.

In order to improve crystallized intelligence, one can simply read books, study, collect facts, and learn new things. However fluid intelligence is different. It is not about collecting more knowledge, but about using your creativity to create results. Before recently, not much was known about increasing your fluid intelligence. But now, research has shown that meditation can drastically improve your fluid intelligence and even your overall IQ.

Meditation has now been shown to make you smarter while improving your mental health as well. A study that was conducted by Siegfried Othmer was able to research the results of a specific type of meditation known as brainwave training. People who meditated showed a 23% rise in IQ. There was a follow-up with the research a year later and the meditation seemed to have lasting effects.

There are many reasons for meditation improving a person’s IQ. One of those reasons is the slowing of brain activity. Once this happens, the brain is able to replenish itself. By focusing your attention on meditating, you are essentially giving your brain a rest and, let’s face it, we all need a rest to function our best.

You do not have to be an experienced meditator or a Yogi in order to reap the benefits of mediation, nor do you have to meditate every day. By meditating for 20 minutes 3 to 4 times a week, you can drastically improve your intelligence. It is simple to begin, you just have to make yourself do it, kind of like going to the gym.

If you want to begin, but don’t know where to start, try looking up a guided meditation video. Or you can simply sit in a quiet, comfortable place, close your eyes, and focus on your breath, clearing your mind. However you go about it, know that you are helping your body and mind in many ways.