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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!

Whether you are defining a problem statement, having a brainstorm, or just tossing around some ideas, try to use positive words. Our minds can process positive statements faster than negative statements. Take the two questions below as examples. Which one is easier to understand?

1. Should we allow drunken people to drive?
2. Should we not allow drunken people to drive?

The second question takes a little longer to understand because you have to process the 'not' and flip your answer around. If you avoid using negatives, you will have a faster and more efficient thinking process.

On a related note, try to keep a positive attitude. Nothing makes a brainstorm worse than a grumpy participant.

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adj :: Given to or characterized by deception or falsehood. Untruthful.

"The mendacious politician eventually got exposed for the liar that he was."

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You may remember that most memory problems occur at the retrieval step in memory. There are four common explanations for why we often fail to retrieve the information that is recorded in our minds.

One type of forgetting is a result of repression. This usually only applies to traumatic or unpleasant experiences that we are motivated to forget.

Another type of memory problem is related to the accuracy of recalling certain memories. As we age, memories may become distorted to reflect the way we want to remember them or the way other people have remembered them. Sometimes couples who have been married for a long time remember things that happened to the other person as if they had happened to themselves.

A common type of forgetting is due to interference with another memory. Something you learn now may interfere with a memory from the past, and vice versa. The more similar the memories, the more likely they are to interfere with each other. For example, remembering this week's grocery list may make it harder to recall what was on last week's grocery list. Memory techniques can be employed to reduce interference.

The last type of forgetting is due to your inability to find the right cue to find the memory. This results in the "tip-of-the-tongue" phenomenon where you know that you know the information and you just need something to jog your memory.

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