I’m definitely one of those people who feels smarter in certain situations more than others. Sounds kind of silly, but I actually feel more intelligent when I’m working in an office, rather than when I’m sitting on my couch alone watching Netflix. That’s probably because we grow up hearing people say things like: Lazy people aren’t successful people.
Well, turns out you just might be. A recent study published in The Independent suggests that less active individuals, “the lazy,” might be more brainy than those who are constantly active: “Findings from a U.S-based study seem to support the idea that people with a high IQ get bored less easily, leading them to spend more time engaged in thought…non-thinkers get bored more easily, so [they] need to fill their time with physical activity.”
At first all I could think was, sweet! Now I don’t have to feel so bad if I spend the weekend loafing around. And sure, that’s what this study implies: We need to get more comfortable getting lost in our thoughts without having to multitask while doing so. But, it also cautions us to not get too content being a sloth, because like anything without moderation, it can become a bad habit—and detrimental to our health.
So, this week, don’t feel guilty if you’re not waking up at 5 AM and running 10 miles like the pros do.
You’re maybe better off spending those extra couple of hours in bed thinking about your day, or planning out your schedule, or revisiting your monthly goals. However, also be mindful of how often you sit around, and if some of that free time not spent pondering your thoughts could be used for getting some chores done, hitting the gym, or meeting up with friends. Because even the smartest individuals know that those “active” activities are just as important to your growth, wellbeing, and overall happiness.