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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!

For each of the following statements, come up with two plausible reasons why they are true. Now, come up with two plausible reasons why they are false.

1. Candy is bad for you.
2. In a tennis match, the taller player will win more often.
3. Global warming can be reversed.

You can repeat this exercise by using any subjective statement that you can find. This exercise will help you to see that many issues have different sides to them.

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as-suage

verb :: To lessen the intensity of something that pains or distresses.

"Her parents tried to assuage her grief over the death of her goldfish."

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Earlier we described the Chunking Technique for remembering small pieces of information. Since the average Short Term Memory can only hold about 7 things, chunking is a great way to increase the value of each of those 7 things. For example, if you were to remember seven 4 letter words instead of seven letters, you will have increased your letter storage by 400%.

Naturally, the bigger you make your chunks, the fewer chunks you are able to remember. The "7 pieces of information" statistic is based on remembering single characters. If you are remembering short words, you'll be limited to around 6 chunks. If you are remembering short sentences the chunk number drops to 2, however at that point you've managed to cram over 40 letters into your brain!

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