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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!

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adjective :: Transparent; clear; translucent; not opaque.

"In the atmosphere of the Easterly weather, as pellucid as a piece of crystal and refracting like a prism, we could see the appalling numbers of our helpless company, even to those who in more normal conditions would have remained invisible, sails down under the horizon." --Conrad, Joseph

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Have you ever had a great idea when you didn't have access to a pen and paper? Maybe you were driving your car, on the bus, running a marathon, or scuba diving. You can use the Loci system to help you remember the idea later. To do this, associate your idea with a location inside your house. The next time you see that location, you will remember your idea and you will be able to write it down.

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When a mother is trying console an upset child, she will lower her voice and talk in a slow, calm manner. This works because people tend to adopt the attitudes of the people around them. If you are interacting with someone who is stressed out, they will be radiating a lot of nervous energy, which will probably make you start felling stressed out as well. Conversely, if you hang out with people who are calm and relaxed you will start feeling more calm and relaxed as well.

If you are feeling stressed out, you can use this technique to get rid of some of that nervous energy. First, make sure that you are breathing properly. Now, slow everything down in an exaggerated way. Speak slowly, walk slowly, move your arms slowly, breath slowly. Pretend that someone has hit the slow-motion button on the remote control for your life. It may seem unnatural or silly, but try to do this for at least 10 minutes and you may find that you have slowed your mind down and that you feel a lot more relaxed.

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This exercise will test your ability to use your underused sense of touch to visualize and draw an unknown object.

You will need to find several objects whose shape cannot be immediately identified. For example, a pair of scissors would be a bad choice. Try to find some uncommon objects like small toys or machine parts. Place these objects into an opaque bag or box and instruct people to feel inside the bag for an object. They should explore the object with their fingers and then try to draw it from memory. Have someone else find some objects for you to use.

After you have finished your drawing, remove the actual object and compare. How close did you get? With practice, you will get better at visualizing and drawing objects from memory.

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