Our biological age very rarely fits how we actually feel. There are too many contributing factors that make us appear either older or younger, including stress, financial status, daily routines, and as one study suggests, intelligence. The idea is that a high IQ eventually results in us feeling and looking younger than our actual age in later years. But how?
We want to know more about how IQ affects our health and appearance as we get older because it’s never too late to help ourselves in this department.
How you feel about your age is what really counts.
The study is quite fascinating and it first started back in 1957. Back then, researchers measured IQ in high school students and later asked about their “inner age” from 1992 to 1993 and in 2011, when they were 71. The conclusion was that people with higher intelligence felt younger than their actual age.
But how does one’s inner age affect how they look if it’s based on feelings? Think about it: feeling older and less physically capable than we are can make us depressed and vulnerable to illness. The younger we feel, the more we want to do and the more excited we are about life.
Intelligent people are more open to experiences.
In many ways, our sense of wonder and excitement about the world around us is what makes us feel youthful at any age. Intelligent people are more likely to explore new countries and try new things because they’re more aware of the possibilities waiting for them. Traveling helps us to stay active and energized. We can all agree that running off to another adventure sounds way better than staying on the couch on yet another Saturday night.