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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!

There are many emotional states, such as anger or sadness, that are not conducive to creativity. Recognizing your mood and being able to modify it will help you get in to the creative mindset. This exercise will help.

Visualize five things that make you happy. Try to get a clear image of each item in your mind. You may have to close your eyes to get a vivid image. Now visualize five things that make you angry.

The more you practice, the better you will get at visualizing images and recognizing your emotional state.

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Earlier, we talked about how thinking of alternate solutions to a problem can help you find creative ways to solve it. Here's an exercise to help you practice this technique.

Imagine that you're a detective. Try to solve the case by coming up with at least 10 different explanations for the following situations.

1. A shopping cart full of hay is found in an alley.
2. You wake up to notice that a blue X has been drawn on your ceiling.
3. The grass was mowed yesterday, but it's already 5 inches high.

Come up with your own strange situation, then try to think of 10 creative explanations.

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Close your eyes and try to imagine the taste of the following things. Once you get good at this, try to do it without visualizing an image of the item.

1. Broccoli
2. Chocolate Brownies
3. Grilled Cheese Sandwich
4. Milk and Cookies
5. Milk and Pickles
6. Rat

Does this exercise make you hungry? Studies show that just thinking about food can make your stomach think that it's about to get fed. This exercise helps builds the skill of your underused sense of taste.

Try making up your own items to repeat this exercise.

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Pick a song from this 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. Mary Had a Little Lamb
2. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
3. The Alphabet Song

An example of skipping by two: Mary a lamb fleece white snow...

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Have you ever had the feeling that your mind is too cluttered to concentrate on a particular task? If so, this little exercise will help clear out your thoughts.

Get a pad of paper and start writing down everything that is on your mind. Include everything that you need to do, everything that is bothering you, everything that worries you, anything you regret, wishes, hopes, etc. Put it all down on the paper. Don't stop until you can't think of anything else. This has the effect of clearing out your mental closet. With a list of everything that you are thinking about, you'll be able to set priorities and make quicker decisions. This will free you up to think creatively about something that you were previously unable to tackle.

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