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Mental Exercise Tip: Adding Associations To Strengthen the Mind

- Monday, August 23, 2010

This Spring Arbor Living blog offers new tips on battling forgetfulness.  We'd like to introduce to you another another great book we've discovered, Harry Lorayne's "Ageless Memory: Simple Secrets for Keeping Your Brain Young".  This book is yet more validation that we need to exercise our minds like we do our bodies.  This work is very insightful and offers new tricks to train your brain to focus. Here are some things from his list of ideas for helping to strengthen your mind.

- Pay attention: Create links to something else when you’re trying to remember something.

- Visualize the name: Link an image to a name with similar characteristics based on sound.

- Create memorable associations: Even if the association is out of character of the object or person you are trying to remember, the image will stay in your mind.

- Give a play-by-play: Living in the moment and being conscious of what you’re doing helps to remember what you’ve done.

- Make it a habit: For things that are done on a regular basis, be sure to do them in the same way every time.

- Sing it: Putting lists or things to remember to a tune helps it stick in your memory.

- Try mnemonic devices: Using the first word of each item in a list can help.

- Use your body: Create connections to what you’re trying to remember with body parts to create a stronger, closer connection.

- Go Roman: Use well-known areas as a map, where you can place items to remember along the map.

- Use color: Adding color to notes helps create a stronger linkage.

As you can see, most of these ideas are very visually and linkage-related. We feel it is a service responsibility to share our educational findings with you as often as we can.  Our minds like organization and by giving these things that we need to remember a place to be in our minds, even if it’s a weird place, it sticks with us better.

So don't forget to exercise today.....mind, body, and soul. Picking up Lorayne's book might just be great exercise.