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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!

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Daily exercises and tips for improving memory, creativity, vocabulary and stress management.

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When you are trying to memorize something, flash cards can be a very effective way to improve your memory.

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vocabulary

Word of the Day : Inveigle

in-vei-gle

verb :: To lead astray as if blind; to persuade by deceptive arts or flattery; to entice; to insnare; to seduce; to wheedle.

"He had led his mother there, step by step, and now when she stopped, he tried to inveigle her farther." --London, Jack

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creativity

Mental Audio II

This exercise will test your ability to recall and recreate sounds in your mind. This stretches the part of the brain where audio is stored. Close your eyes and try to hear the following sounds:

1. The theme song for your favorite TV show.
2. A waterfall.
3. A big dog barking. A little dog barking.
4. A racecar starting and screeching away.
5. Your father's voice.

How well did you do at reproducing those sounds in your head? With practice, you'll get better at imagining sounds.

If you like this exercise, try Mental Audio I.

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memory

Keyword Mnemonic

The keyword-mnemonic technique is most frequently used to learn foreign word vocabulary, though it can be adapted to other purposes. This technique achieves its effectiveness by encoding information both visually and verbally. This gives you twice the number of aids for aided recall to work.

The first step is to think of an English keyword that is similar to the foreign word. For example, the French word for "fish" is "poisson" so your keyword might be "poison" because it is similar to the French word. Try to pick a noun for the keyword, because it will make the next step easier.

The second step is to visualize an association between your English keyword and the English translation of the foreign word. In this case, we would visualize an association between "fish" and "poison." Maybe you could visualize a toxic pond with all the fish floating on the surface, or maybe you would picture someone eating some fish and then dropping over dead. The more dramatic you make your visualizion, the more effective it will be as a memory tool.

Now, if you need to remember the French word for "fish," you will remember the visual scene and will recall the word "poison." This will lead you to the correct word "poisson."

This technique can also work in reverse - going from the foreign word to the English translation.

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