Research has shown that people who keep more contact with
other people display higher levels of wisdom than those who remain more
secluded. Some think this may be due to new people constantly giving us new
ideas to think about, new information, new experiences, and this enriches the
mind and gives us more wisdom. So make an effort, if not for others than for
yourself. Stay in touch with old friends, go take a course, and stay in contact
with those around you, it's the wise thing to
Wisdom is the ability to understand all aspects of a
problem, without surrendering to personal feelings. The meaning of an open mind
is to find true empathy and to understand that everyone has a life story that
affects them in some way, and it is not our place to judge. A good habit is to
write down, every day, what ails you. At the end of the day, take a look at that
list and try to get a new perspective on each problem, you'll be surprised what
things will come to mind.
3. Except mistakes.
A smart person understands that it is impossible to know
everything, and that life always throws you a curve when you least expect it.
Acknowledging our mistakes may, and often does, lead to greater wisdom.
Remember, your ability to be wrong shouldn't damage your reputation as a wise
man, but should increase it, because wise people know how to take responsibility
for their mistakes. Nietzsche is quoted to have said: "Wisdom sets limits on
knowledge, too.". Acknowledge the limits of your knowledge and admit when you
Experience new things.
While we each have our own personal tastes
in books, music, art or just what is good cinema, it is important to note that
getting familiar with styles unknown will broaden your horizons and introduce
new world views, new ideas and new outlooks on life. So put down the novel
you're reading and try a science fiction story, a history book or just a great
romance. Whatever it is you almost never read, now is the time to add some real
experience in things you haven't really touched on. So try something new, or
learn a new skill - it won't just make you wiser, it'll also keep you
Many will say they have rich life experience, but when
was the last time you really stopped to think of all you've learned throughout
Try this exercise: Write down your three biggest failures and
your three biggest successes. Next to each of them write some of the events that
lead to it and the lessons you learned. Look for patterns, without pride or
regret, simple patterns to teach you about how you used each experience to drive
you forward. After all, knowing yourself is the biggest challenge of
6. Well informed.
Yes, the news is often dramatic, misrepresented or
just depressing. But it's hard to make balanced decisions for yourself and
others if you don't learn from the mistakes that happen to others and to on
larger scales, to your city, country and world. Keep updated, read a newspaper,
watch the news or just read a news site online from time to time. Read the
articles, not just headlines, and understand how you fit into this bigger world,
and where you stand. This is crucial for true wisdom.