If you display these 12 behaviors, you’re a wiser person than you realize

It’s hard to say what exactly wisdom is, isn’t it?

People have difficulty differentiating wisdom from intelligence. Unfortunately, memorizing texts, doing complex mathematics, or reading a lot of books won’t necessarily make you wise. 

Otherwise, every academic would fit into the term. So, what is wisdom? Is it wisecracking? Is it knowing when to do the right thing? Saying quotable quotes? Reading philosophy?

In this article, we’ll help you answer the question: just how wise are you? So, if you display these 12 behaviors, you’re a wiser person than you realize.

Let’s go!

1) You’re empathetic and kind

If there’s one thing we know about wise people, it’s that they can read others like an open book. 

It comes with being able to put yourself in their shoes and develop a level of empathy others can only dream of. 

If you’re a wise person, you truly experience what it means to be an emotional being

You can feel a myriad of complex emotions, better understand other people, and form deeper connections more easily. It enriches the relationships you have. 

The empathy of the wise often brings people to open themselves up more.

The wiser you are, the more people learn about the human condition just by interacting with you. Sometimes, this comes without even saying a word. 

So, if others lean towards you naturally–you might be wiser than you think you are.

2) You like using your left hand

It’s funny to think that using your left hand is a sign of being wise.

However, recent studies show that this tendency is more related to creativity and originality, which are the traits of wise people.

This means those of us who have this tendency approach problems differently and consequently come up with creative solutions. 

This is why a lot of wise folks engage in things like music and architecture. If you’re interested in those fields and you are a left-handed person–congratulations! You’re probably the wisest person in the room!

3) You learn from your mistakes

Sadly, no amount of wisdom will make you immune to making mistakes. However, it does help you make the most out of a bed decision. 

Wisdom helps you avoid letting ego or pride get in the way of admitting to these blunders and seeing them for what they are. 

If you’re a wise person, you don’t use these missteps to blame other people or yourself because you can view your mistakes from an objective point of view. 

The wiser you are, the more you can squeeze lessons out of your lapses in judgment. 

Consequently, you become less likely to repeat these mistakes. 

You might even figure out how to help other people from going down the same unfortunate path. Life, after all, is just a series of experiments. Even the ones that turn out bad have something to teach us.

4) You’re a night owl

The time you sleep has more to do with your wisdom than you think. 

According to the Personality and Individual Differences journal, evolutionary scientist Satoshi Kanazawa found a correlation between sleeping habits and one’s intelligence quotient. The results revealed that people who sleep and wake up later tend to have higher IQs.

According to ABC Science, researchers from Catholic University in Milan found that those who slept later tend to have more original ideas. They also tend to have a unique approach to problems. 

Something about staying late into the night seems to increase wisdom. So, if you’re a night owl–here’s the explanation for your originality!

5) You’re open to different perspectives

Wisdom means being able to see things from an objective point of view. This means leaving the door open for opinions that differ from yours.

After all, we’re only humans, so our own view of the world is limited by our background, the context of our existence, our knowledge, and our personal biases. In other words, our point of view has its blind spots. 

Other people’s perspectives are important because they can cover these blind spots by providing knowledge or interpretations that you don’t have. 

People are better together because we make up for each other’s weaknesses. Wise people take advantage of this fact.

6) You’re curious about the world

They say the more you know things, the more you feel like you don’t know anything. 

The better you can grasp this truth, the more you will learn. It’s good to be aware of gaps in your knowledge to know where you need to improve. 

Wisdom lets you understand that knowing your limitations is the first step to surpassing them. Learning can be described as how well you apply knowledge or judge situations. 

Being wise is an active mental skill you need to hone as the people, situations, and environments around you continuously evolve. You must study how to best react and adapt to these changes. 

The more eager you are to study, the more likely you are a wiser person than you think. Curiosity is a sign that you have accumulated much wisdom, and you’re open to learning more.

pic1938 If you display these 12 behaviors, you're a wiser person than you realize

7) You’re an introspective person

You know that internal conditions are the decisive factor in nature. When examining a situation, you never neglect to look inward. 

You are aware of yourself and the extent of your control in this world. 

Because we can’t control everything, right? Even if we hope we can.

If taking accountability for your actions comes easily for you, this is a sign you’re a wiser person than others. A lot of us lean toward blaming others or circumstances for our misfortune.

It’s true that you don’t have complete control over the situation, but you also can’t disregard the power you have in it, no matter how limited.

8) You’re not stubborn

By now, you should know that the world is always evolving, and thus, there is always more for you to learn. Sometimes, you might even find information that challenges your previous beliefs. 

A wise person allows their opinions to be challenged and even changed. Wise people use a scientific way of thinking, basing their worldview on changing objective reality rather than static ideas. 

You know that your opinions are based on facts you have on hand, and those facts can be disproven by new findings at any time. 

Science never claims to be infallible, and neither would a wise person.

9) You give fantastic advice to others

As previously stated, wise people show empathy toward others, exacerbated by a profound understanding of the world. So, if you possess the characteristics of a wise person, you wouldn’t likely turn others down if they ask for advice. 

The efficient way you utilize knowledge, analyze situations, and understand others lets you give excellent advice. 

This is especially true when someone asks about a problem that you have faced or a mistake you had committed in the past. Your wisdom lets you learn more from your experiences than the average person. 

Sometimes, you might even find yourself giving advice without being asked, like in blog posts or through educational videos. If you’re doing so, I’m sure a lot of people are benefiting from it! 

10) You know how to play musical instruments

Music is the marriage between art and mathematics with its complicated nature. Playing music teaches us self-control and important articulating skills.

A study published in the Psychological Science journal showed that music lessons increase the verbal intelligence of children as young as four years old. 

At the same time, more research showed that musical lessons could increase the IQ of school-age children. 

So, if you took music lessons when you were young, your enhanced verbal intelligence and IQ are likely to have also increased your wisdom.

11) You have a rich emotional life

Knowledge is like a flashlight that lights up the enigmatic world around us. 

Wisdom lets you experience life on a deeper level as it helps you see under the layers of mystery of the things, people, and events around you.

It moves you to introspect often and analyze your thoughts and feelings. This creates a very rich inner world that seeps into the outer world through empathy. 

Wise people understand the nature of feelings and know how to live with them. With wisdom, it’s easier to understand your feelings without judgment and live with them harmoniously.

12) You know when to ask for help

Asking for help is hard, especially when you have bad experiences where you were ignored or punished for it. 

But as we previously established, wise people are very self-aware and don’t let feelings like fear or pride dictate decisions. You know the extent of your ability and can tell when a situation is beyond your capacity to impact it. 

You understand that this means you can only overcome certain problems with the assistance of those around you. 

Like with knowledge, other people’s strengths can compensate for your weakness in many situations. Alternatively, their strengths can amplify your own. Wise people know when a situation calls for backup, who to ask for help, and how to ask for it.

To sum up

Mistakes, miscalculations, and blunders don’t mean you’re unwise because these things are just a part of being human.

Wisdom comes from how you handle your flaws, learn from everything around you, and adapt to things as they change. 

It’s how you learn from the people around you, their feelings, strengths, and weaknesses. But of course, being wise starts with understanding what’s inside, what you’ve done, and where you come from. 

It’s knowing that there is always something you can improve. Wisdom is the willingness to learn, as it is something that you can develop every day.

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Pearl Nash

Pearl Nash has years of experience writing relationship articles for single females looking for love. After being single for years with no hope of meeting Mr. Right, she finally managed to get married to the love of her life. Now that she’s settled down and happier than she’s ever been in her life, she's passionate about sharing all the wisdom she's learned over the journey. Pearl is also an accredited astrologer and publishes Hack Spirit's daily horoscope.

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