Wellness Wednesdays

Today’s focus: Intellectual

Outside the box! 

A simple definition for “intellectual” is a person who engages in critical thinking, research, and proposes innovative solutions, per Wikipedia. Basically, an out of the box thinker, or someone who can see the grey area over the black and white of any situation. I think we would all love to be seen as an intellectual person, and I believe we all may be at any given time.

For the most part, the intellects are those that take time to get educated, either by reading, or by way of audio or visual media (educational media that is not social media).  

More than one type of intelligence

Science has discovered several types of intelligence. Howard Gardner, the psychologist and professor at Harvard University is responsible for the multiple intelligence theory which states that there are eight types of intelligence: linguistic, logic-mathematical, musical, spatial, bodily/kinesthetic, interpersonal, intrapersonal, and naturalistic.

This opened up a whole new way of looking at intelligence other than academics, and how it is measured. Employers have been using some sort of aptitude test when screening applicants to see if the individual has what the company needs.  An individual with Interpersonal intelligence can be a great mentor or supervisor, whereas an individual with logical-mathematical intelligence would be great at managing a business.

Growing your knowledge base.     

We can all grow intellectually if we so desire by way of our natural gifts or by developing or acquiring new skills/talents. Some may have a natural desire to grow, while for others life circumstances may obligate them to move out of their comfort zone into unchartered waters.

Regardless of why your intellect is being challenged, these changes will affect your overall wellness by the added stress due to finances or family obligations.

  My advice to you is be realistic with the changes and pace yourself.

Start with what comes most natural or convenient.  Small accomplishments will help build the new you.


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