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7 Simple Ways To Think Faster


Thinking faster especially when you’re faced with multiple decisions to take is one of the rarest skills to develop. Whether as a student, employee, business owner, athlete, political leader, thinking faster can get a whole lot of things done in the quickest possible time and avert losses caused by delayed thinking.

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In fact, thinking faster can spur up quick response to life-threatening issues. Interestingly, many people believe that thinking faster requires some inborn ingenuity or some genius to do it. However, studies have shown over the past decades that thinking faster than you’re currently doing can be developed through simple habits.

In this article, I’ll show us how we can develop ourselves towards thinking faster.

  1. The Vitamin D Approach

Studies over the years have shown that Vitamin D foods help in improving brain capacity. According to Duke University-NUS Medical School, vitamin D protects against neuron loss, which leads to cognitive decline. It’s argued that adults needs on average 600 and 800 International Units of vitamin D per day. Examples of vitamin D foods that boost the brain include oily fish – such as salmon, sardines, herring and mackerel; red meat, liver, egg yolks and fortified foods – such as some fat spreads and breakfast cereals.

  1. Work With Your Instinct

According to a Columbia University study, trusting and acting on your instincts prevents longer mulling over a decision, which might likely end up in wrong choices. One of the ways to think faster with the help of your instincts is to pen down a summary of your choices and note each pros and cons. There is every possibility to see the most favourable choice with the help of your instincts.

  1. Motor Driving

Studies done in the UK observed that going for a drive can help the brain think faster because a degree of concentration is required when driving the highway, especially when changing lanes. Driving a car is an activity that affects overall thinking because it’s done with a clear head.

  1. Yawn Freely

Studies have shown that when you yawn, the brain is heated and it needs some cooling. Stifling your yawn can be very damaging to the brain. Yawning when the body stimulates it cools the brain, leading to better mental efficiency.

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Pretend you’re in Hamilton. Research from the Dana Foundation, which studies the brain, found that performing musical improvisation exercises or rapping—which require you to think on your feet moment to moment—improves your thinking speed overall the more you learn and practice this performance skill.

  1. Read Classics

Studies have also shown that people who’re readers of classics have beautiful imaginations which are very vital to fast thinking especially in the area of creative thinking. Reading classic literary fiction improves and stimulates the brain to be a factory of imagination.

  1. Chew Gum

Chewing gum fosters cerebral blood flow which helps you to remember things much faster, according to studies. Chewing gum, although, have been discredited by some researchers due to its negative effect on human dentition, however, there are medically approved gums that are advisable for chewing.

  1. Exploit The Power Of Curiosity

Living a curious life is one of the effective techniques towards thinking faster. According to studies, curious people are solution-seeking individuals who’re thinking occasionally, asking questions frequently and searching constantly. With these activities, the brain is constantly engaged, which of course boosts the ability to think faster.

  1. Cycling.

Cycling activates thinking speed. According to a study conducted by UC Davis, cycling vigorously for 8 to 20 minutes a day boosts neurotransmitters, allowing your brain to function at a faster and clearer rate.


This article has shown that thinking faster can be developed by applying several simple habits or techniques. Apart from the aforementioned ways, having an eight-hour sleep caps it all as it allows the brain to rest and even synthesize all that has been taken into it.

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Nnaemeka is an academic scholar with a degree in History and International Studies from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He is also a creative writer, content creator, storyteller, and social analyst.

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