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!
noun :: Fallacious reasoning. Faulty logic.
"Sherlock Holmes grew tired of the detective's sophistry and told him to leave the case to the pros."
Vitamin E is an important antioxidant that can help prevent damage by neutralizing destructive molecules that are produced naturally by the body. Taking high doses of vitamin E may help prevent the development of cancer, cataracts, and heart disease. In addition, some studies have shown that long-term supplementation with vitamin E, in combination with vitamin C, can reduce the severity of age related memory decline and help prevent dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
The Relaxation Response is a simple technique developed by Harvard cardiologist Herbert Benson to help reduce stress and prevent heart disease and other problems that can go along with it.
Sit comfortably with your eyes closed. Starting with your toes and moving up towards your head, relax every muscle in your body and keep them relaxed throughout the exercise. Now, focus your attention on your breath. Breathing through your nose, silently say the word "one" on each exhalation. When you find your mind wandering, gently but firmly return your attention to your breathing. With practice you may be able to get through an entire 10-20 minute session without having your mind wander. When you finish, sit quietly for a few moments before returning to your day.
This simple exercise is very effective at returning your body to a calm and relaxed state.
A taboo is an inhibition resulting from social customs or emotional aversion. Taboos serve a useful purpose to society because they prevent people from getting into uncomfortable situations. However, taboos can cause people to ignore certain solutions to problems, even if these solutions are very good.
A popular example is to imagine a pipe stuck in the ground with a ping-pong ball in the bottom. How do you get the ping-pong ball out using a minimum of supplies and without damaging anything? The taboo answer is to pee into the pipe, thus floating the ball out. This is a very effective solution and you may have thought of this answer, but if you had been in a group of people, you probably would not have verbalized it.
Since taboos exist to protect other members of society, you do not need to censor yourself when you are working alone. You might not end up with a taboo solution, but sometimes you must think through incorrect or unacceptable solutions in order to reach a correct one.