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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!

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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mel-lif-lu-ous

adj. :: Flowing as with honey; smooth; flowing sweetly or smoothly

"...polite and cordial, with a mellifluous, well-educated voice" -- H.W. Crocker III.

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Amnesia is a condition characterized by the inability to form new memories or the inability to recall existing memories. Amnesia is caused when the hippocampus or thalamus becomes damaged. This can be the result of a blow to the head, a stroke, surgery, alcoholism or certain types of infections.

One of the most common misconceptions about amnesia is that people forget everything that they ever knew. In reality, it's episodic memory which is most impaired. Intelligence, attention and creativity are generally unaffected.

Anterograde amnesia refers to a condition where the sufferer cannot make new memories. They can still recall memories from before the condition started, but not from any experiences that occur after the onset of amnesia. This is because the brain becomes unable to convert short-term memories into long-term memories.

Retrograde amnesia is when the person is capable of forming new memories, but is unable to remember anything that happened before the onset of amnesia. Amnesia patients may experience both types of amnesia to different degrees.

Another misconception, fueled by cartoons and Hollywood movies, is that a second impact to the head can completely reverse the condition. In reality, a second impact would cause increased memory impairment. There are no specific treatments for amnesia, but conditions generally improve over time as the injury that caused it heals.

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When people are under stress they often clench their teeth. This can lead to tight jaw muscles. This tightness can then spread to other muscles in the head and neck and may even contribute to back pain and tension headaches. The following stretching and massage exercise will help eliminate the problem at the source.

First, open your mouth as wide as it will go to get a good stretch of the jaw muscles. Do this a few times. Now, try to open your mouth again, but use your hand to give some resistance. You should feel your jaw muscles trying hard to open your mouth against the force from your hand. Maintain this pressure for at least thirty seconds and repeat a few times. This may help teach your jaw to stop clenching. Now, take your two fingers and find the small indentation at the back of the jaw muscle near the ears. Push on either side until you feel a slight pain and massage the muscle a little bit. This will help relax the tension that is already there.

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