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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!

er-u-dite

adj :: Having or showing profound knowledge.

"The erudite gentleman in whom I confided congealed before I was half through." --Burroughs, Edgar Rice

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The Phonetic Mnemonic System can be used to remember dates. All you need to do is turn the date of the event into a word using the system and then associate that word with the event. For example, suppose that your friend's birthday is on January 21. This can be represented by 1-21 or with the phonetic word 'tent.' If you visualize your friend having a birthday party inside a tent, then you will be able to remember the date.

Here are some more examples of turning dates into memorable words or phrases.

Columbus discovered America in 1492 (turban)
Albert Einstein published the Theory of Relativity in 1905 (topsoil)
World War II ended on Sept 2, 1945 or 9/2/45 (piano rail)

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If you can remember back to your last stressful situation, you may remember that your hands and feet felt cold. This is because your body reduces blood flow to its extremities when it is under stress.

To reverse these symptoms and help yourself feel better, try rubbing your hands together vigorously until you have worked up some good heat. Now, do some simple finger and wrist stretches. Twist your wrists around or interlock your fingers and push your palms away from you to get a good stretch. If you frequently get cold hands, you may want to get some thin gloves to wear. If you cant wear gloves because you need to type, you can easily make some typing gloves by cutting off the fingers. This will keep your hands warm and allow you to type.

Of course, cold hands and feet don't necessarily mean that you are under stress. You may have a circulatory problem such as Raynaud's disease, or you may simply be cold. If in doubt, ask your doctor.

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Close your eyes and try to recreate the following smells. This exercise helps improve your ability to form concrete impressions from memory.

1. A rotten egg
2. Pumpkin pie
3. Wet dog
4. Freshly cut grass
5. A new car

How well did you do at recreating the smells?

For more of these exercises try Mental Smells I.

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