What comes to your mind when you hear the word “intuition?” For most of us, intuition seems downright mystical because it’s a concept not easily described in physical terms. We all know what our “gut feeling” is, but too many of us write off intuition as some otherworldly ability that has nothing to do with the rational mind. Or does it?
Forbes published an article in 2017 that suggests otherwise. According to Gerd Gigerenzer, director emeritus of the Center for Adaptive Behavior and Cognition at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, intuition is about instinctively understanding what information is important and what isn’t. So, those inexplicable hunches are more rational than you might realize and can even be viewed as a form of intelligence.
In other words, smart people listen to their gut feelings! In fact, most people can’t make intellectual advancements without the power of intuition to guide them.
Since many great thinkers throughout human history have emphasized the importance of intuition, don’t you think it’s time to start trusting your own? There are countless benefits to using your intuition—more than I can even begin the describe in a single article—but here are a few of the major advantages worth noting.
Intuition Helps You Step Out of Your Comfort Zone
When you listen to your intuition, you’re more open to new ideas and aren’t limited to the information your rational mind offers. Learning to hone your intuition helps you avoid missed opportunities, enjoy new experiences, and make unexpected choices without all the baggage your rational mind might attach to certain situations.
Harnessing our intuitive powers makes it easier to change old patterns and behaviors. If you’re feeling stuck in life, regardless of the reason, your intuition can lead you out of the pit. You just have to listen to it and act.
Intuition Leads to Better Decision-Making
Studies conducted by “The Intuitive Experts” at the Max Planck Institute have shown that using intuition results in better, faster decision-making when compared to making solely rational decisions. According to the institute’s research, people who actively develop their intuition consistently make more beneficial choices in less time. They’re also more likely to trust those decisions.
Imagine being able to make quick decisions with less stress, all without second-guessing yourself. That’s the kind of benefit using your intuition offers!
Intuition Improves Your Mental Well-Being
Tapping into your intuition can be quite cathartic. Just think about the times you wanted to say “no” but felt obligated to please others, so you went along with whatever they wanted despite your gut feeling telling you to sit this one out. When you learn to make intuitive decisions, you no longer face the stress and discomfort you might have once endured for the sake of someone else. You’ll probably find yourself having more energy available for learning, creativity, adventures, or quality time with others.
Those who live intuitively report an increased understanding of self, so it’s no surprise that they can trust their own decisions, enjoy lower stress levels, and are generally calmer and happier than people who don’t utilize their intuition. And, naturally, improving your overall mental health translates to an improved physical state, so don’t be surprised if you experience other health benefits. You might even discover other extrasensory abilities you never imagined were bubbling beneath the surface.
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