Brett_Tabke - 10:10 pm on Jan 6, 2010 (gmt 0) Sure the health benefits were awesome, but the over all upgrade in quality of life was the real surprise.
Seems like there are alot of people around here trying to quit smoking right now. I smoked for 23 years. Been free for almost 7 now. I quit by focusing on my health. Quiting became just a step in that bigger process. It took me 3 tries to finally kick it. I used the gum and cold turkey method.
Sure the health benefits were awesome, but the over all upgrade in quality of life was the real surprise.
All those little things added up significantly to make life better. However, the biggest benefit I found took me completely by surprise and I have never heard anyone talk about it. That surprise was that quiting smoking made me smarter. I can't explain it any other way, but I know my IQ jumped atleast 5 to 10 points when I quit. My brain worked better. Concentrating was easier, sticking with tasks and projects longer was easier, and complex problems were resolved quicker and with greater detail. I imagine some of the increase in mental capacity I noticed can be accredited to the better state of general health after I quit, but I know there was something about getting that addiction out of my system made my entire mental process worked better/faster/more accurate.