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!
Every brainstorm should have a moderator whose job it is to write down all the ideas and keep the brainstorm on track. Make sure that everyone can see all the ideas as they are written (use a chalkboard or something similar).
To keep the energy of the meeting high, limit each brainstorm to 30 minutes (even if you don't have a solution by the end of the meeting) and have plenty of cookies, soda, pens, and paper available.
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.
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.
2. Chocolate Brownies
3. Grilled Cheese Sandwich
4. Milk and Cookies
5. Milk and Pickles
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.
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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