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Health, Money and Happiness

What’s not to like about health, money and happiness?

According to a couple of researchers from Pennsylvania State University and Harvard University, health is the number one predictor of happiness, followed by income. Sociological researcher Glenn Firebaugh and grad student Laura Tach came up with the findings and say that, among their study subjects, the happiest people tended to be physically  healthy, followed by those who made relatively higher income (meaning they made more money than other people their same age).

What does brain training have to do with any of this?

According to a study by the US Department of Labor, a gain of just 10 points in IQ can result in greater earnings by as much as $18,000 a year, while other studies show a correlation between statewide IQ scores and how healthy folks are who live in that state. Finally, a proven method of raising IQ an average of 15 to 20 points is working with a personal brain training coach like those offered through LearningRx, the largest one-on-one brain training company in the world.

It’s just like you learned back in math class: If A equals B and B equals C, then A equals C. In other words, if one-on-one brain training means higher IQ, and higher IQ means greater health and more money, and health and wealth are prime predictors of happiness, then what’s the first step to being happier?

The answer is easy.

Click here to find the LearningRx Brain Training Center near you. 


Raise IQ

raise-iqForrest Gump’s teacher told his Momma that he was different – and that he had an IQ of 75. The message of the movie is that attitude is more important than IQ.

But there’s something you need to know about Forrest.

For most of us, IQ has always been a very concrete thing. You take a test, you get a number and then you look at that number and compare it to other numbers along a scale and then you define yourself based on that number. You’re smart. You’re average. Or, you’re below average. But whatever you are, you better be okay with it because it’s not going to change.

But… what if it could?

It may seem too good to be true, but the fact is more and more studies are showing that IQ can – and does – change. The more we learn about cognitive skills, the more we realize that IQ is truly a flexible thing. That means that IQ can be changed, grown, and increased with the right techniques. In fact, LearningRx brain training can increase IQ by as much as 15 points. Fifteen points! Take a look at this chart:

Here’s the punchline: 15 points would take Forrest Gump from an IQ of 75 to an IQ of 90. With an IQ of 90, he would be considered average. That means he’d go from being “very low” intelligence (with 6.70% of the population) to being of average intelligence (with 50% of the population)!  And, according to a study by the US Department of Labor, a gain of just 10 points in IQ can result in higher income by as much as $18,000 per year! What can this mean over a lifetime? Do the math!

Of course, Forrest Gump has stock in Apple and doesn’t need the extra income. But for average people who are of borderline intelligence, 15 points of IQ could mean a whole lot. It could mean an entirely different life – and not only in terms of earning potential. Those 15 points could mean a more fulfilling job, more independence, more confidence. It could even mean better relationships! And the coolest part is that 15 points can be gained by any level of intelligence. Let’s say you start out with an IQ of 115… just think of what a 15-point increase could do for you!

IQ is not a concrete number anymore. So, after you take an IQ test to see how smart you are, come to a LearningRx near you, take a cognitive skills test, and find out how smart you can be!

Grad and Income Data Source:The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life. The Free Press. 1994.


Equality in Education

Whatever you believe about social equality, it cannot be denied that education is a major factor.

A recent report from The Economist shows the effect education has on life. Better brains get better jobs. A better job means more money. More money means the ability to send your children to a better school, and the cycle continues.

Even among people who appear to “beat” the odds—folks who rise from humble beginnings to the highest eschalon of society—brain power is often a factor. As The Economist points out, “People from humble origins sometimes rise to the top. Barack Obama was raised by a single mother. Lloyd Blankfein, the boss of Goldman Sachs, is the son of a clerk. What such people usually have in common is uncommon intelligence.”

Is an expensive education the only way to get a better brain? Or are there alternatives?

The vision of Dr. Ken Gibson, founder of LearningRx, is to make cognitive training available to everyone. The one-on-one training offered by 70 LearningRx brain training centers across the country not only strengthens cognitive skills such as attention, focus and mental processing, it also increases intelligence. In fact, students who receive LearningRx brain training increase their IQ by an average of 15-20 points. In an effort to help as many people as possible experience the benefits of a better brain, LearningRx is pursuing a partnership with the National Science Foundation and Virginia State University to study innovative approaches to improve the academic performance of minority students at selected inner-city schools. In an address to our congress (read it here) the Principal Investigator for the case, Dr. Oliver Hill, says this:

We have been using the procedures developed by an educational firm called LearningRx, which runs cognitive learning centers around the country. The data collected in these centers over the last few years Read the rest of this entry »


intelligence test

This fascinating video may challenge your ideas about intelligence. It’s called “Battle of the Brains” and explores the different types of intelligence that can be found in different people. There are 7 people in the challenge: a fighter pilot, a dramatist, a quantum physicist, an artist, a chess grandmaster, a musical prodigy and a Wall Street trader. Who comes out on top? Start with the link below and enjoy the drama of  “Battle of the Brains”!