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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!

Look around the room and try to find as many green things as you can. Plants, people's eyes and money are examples of things that might be green. This exercise helps you become more aware of your surroundings and helps improve your attention to details. If green is too easy for you, try combinations of colors. For example: objects with red and purple.

You can do this exercise whenever you are sitting around doing nothing, whether it's on the bus or in a waiting room. If you have a friend with you, make it a challenge to see who can find the most objects.

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hoi pol-loi

noun :: The masses or the common people.

"The princess did not care to mingle with the hoi polloi, and stayed in her castle most of the time."

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If you have ever walked into a room and forgotten why you walked in there, you have experienced one of most common types of absentmindedness. If this happens to you, look around the room and see if something jogs your memory. Mentally retrace your steps and think about what you were doing when you decided to go into the room. If you still can't remember, go back to what you were doing. Frequently, when you stop trying to remember something it will pop right into your head.

To prevent this from happening in the future you can try two things. When you decide to go into another room, visualize yourself doing what you need to do, or tell yourself what you are going to do. For example, "I need to get my shoes." By doing either of these things you are ensuring that the task gets into your short-term memory.

When you are walking to the other room, try not to get distracted. This can delay you long enough for your short-term memory to forget what you need to do.

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