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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!

Sometimes, a creative idea is very similar to an existing idea, but has subtle differences. In order to express your idea, you'll need to be able to come up with words to describe these nuances.

This exercise will help. How many creative synonyms can you find for the following words? As you come up with each word, try to picture in your mind the small differences between the synonym and the original word.

Happy: Jolly (having a little more humor than happy), tickled pink (having a lot more humor than happy)... there are least 30 more synonyms for you to discover.

Red: Blood-red (darker red), magenta (a little purpler than red)...Try for 20 more similar colors.

Pick any word and repeat this exercise as many times as you wish.

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dirge

noun :: A song or hymn of grief or lamentation, especially one intended to accompany a funeral.

"he mourner sat with bowed head, rocking her body heavily to and fro, and crying out in a high, strained voice that sounded like a dirge on some forlorn pipe." --Crane, Stephen

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Most people know that the saturated and trans fats that are found in meats and processed foods are bad for their heart, but you may not know that they are also bad for your brain too! Unsaturated fats like those found in fish, nuts and most vegetable oils can actually improve your cognition. A recent study found that people who ate large quantities of saturated and trans fats had an increased risk of getting Alzheimer's disease. In the study, those people who ate the more unsaturated fats had a decreased risk of getting the disease.

In particular, eating fish has been showing to decrease Alzheimer's risk and protect other memory functions. This may be because fish are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to have beneficial effects on health.

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