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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!

Our minds thrive on novelty and atrophy when they are under stimulated. Boredom is the negative emotion that results from this under stimulation and lack of interesting things to do. You may have noticed that it is difficult to be creative with a task that you are not interested in doing. This is because boredom is stressful and inhibits our creativity.

The brain quickly adapts to its experiences, which is why you can get bored doing something that previously brought you pleasure. Once something turns into a routine or habit, the mind pays less attention to it. In order to avoid boredom our minds are constantly seeking new experiences.

A new website, called BoredGourd.com, is devoted to helping people find new experiences and avoid boredom. It also helps people have more social interactions by creating communities and conversations around shared interests.

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sat-ur-nine

adj :: Of a gloomy or surly disposition.

"I could tell I was in trouble by the saturnine expression on the face of the officer who pulled me over."

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If you are reading this, then you know all the letters of the alphabet. You've probably been reading and writing with letters for many years. So, it should be a trivial exercise for you to recite the alphabet. Now try it backwards.

The reason this is so much harder is because you memorized the alphabet using serial-learning. In other words, each letter is a cue for the next letter. This little exercise will teach you how to recite the alphabet backwards. Learn this and impress your friends.

To do this, you should be familiar with the Peg Mnemonic System and in particular, the Alphabet Pegwords which will be reproduced below. Now, start with the word for the last letter in the alphabet, "zucchini," and associate it with the letter before it - "yo-yo." Perhaps you will imagine a zucchini on the end of a string. Then associate "yo-yo" with "x-ray." Once you have made all 25 associations, you should be able to quickly recite the alphabet backwards by recalling each association in order.

Apple
Boy
Cat
Dog
Egg
Foot
Goat
Hat
Ice
Juice
Kite
Log
Monkey
Nut
Owl
Pig
Quilt
Rock
Sock
Tie
Umbrella
Vampire
Wig
X-ray
Yo-yo
Zucchini

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