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!
Pick a poem or song from our list and recite it out loud. Now, recite it again but skip every other word. Then skip every third word, and so on, until you can't do it any more. This exercise helps with your concentration and mental endurance.
1. Your national anthem
2. The Happy Birthday song
3. Old MacDonald
Example skipping every other word: Old had farm I I...
A participle is a verb that is used as an adjective. For example, "The crying baby was hungry." In this case the participle 'crying' is modifying 'baby'.
A dangling participle is one in which it is ambiguous what is being modified. For example: "Driving home last night, a biker almost smashed into me." In this sentence it is unclear who was driving home last night. Was it me or the biker? Dangling participles can be fixed by rearranging the sentence to make it clear what is being modified. For example: "As I was diving home last night, a biker almost smashed into me." Or, "A biker almost smashed into me as I was driving home last night."
Although they are often used in spoken English, dangling participles are not considered to be proper grammar and should be avoided when writing.
The next time you are eating a meal alone, close your eyes and use your senses of smell, taste and touch to experience the meal. Try to identify the foods without seeing them. Notice how texture is a big part of the experience. By blocking out your sense of vision you will be putting more attention toward your other senses, helping strengthen your underused senses.
Hold your nose while you take a bite and you will notice how important the sense of smell is to fully tasting food. This is why foods taste bland when you have a cold.