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You exercise your body to stay physically in shape, so why shouldn't you exercise your brain to stay mentally fit? With these daily exercises you will learn how to flex your mind, improve your creativity and boost your memory. As with any exercise, repetition is necessary for you to see improvement, so pick your favorite exercises from our daily suggestions and repeat them as desired. Try to do some mentalrobics every single day!

One way to come up with new ideas or improve upon existing ideas is to elaborate on them. In fact, some people believe that all new ideas are elaborations of existing ideas. You should always be striving to improve your ideas and solutions by adding depth or detail. You can use the following nine different principles to help in your elaborations.

Substitution
Can I put something in place of something else?

Combination
Can I combine two ideas into one?

Adapt
How could I make something similar work?

Modify or Magnify
How can I alter or expand the use of this idea?

Put to other use
What other applications is this idea useful for?

Eliminate
What parts of the idea can I get rid of?

Rearrange or Reverse
How can I rearrange the components? What are some opposite ideas?

You can remember the above nine principles by using the acronym SCAMPER.

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