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Everyone has those moments where they stop and realize they can’t remember the last place they left their keys, the last time they saw a friend or what their significant other was wearing last night. Without taking the effort to strengthen it, memory can be occasionally elusive and evade even the most brilliant minds. This blog is intended to offer a variety of ways you can strengthen your memory and memorization skills.

One thing that has been proven to help maintain your memory and brain function over time, is socialization. I’m not talking about being an extrovert, when that’s not who you are (in general, however, you in the lower 25% of Americans who are introverted…less socially active…and I’m right there with you).

There have been plenty of medical studies saying that each of us need lots of interaction and conversation with family and friends if we’re going to keep our memory flowing freely both now and as we age.

If you are searching for ways to increase your memory, then force yourself if you have to, to work with others and collaborate on ideas with them. That could be as simple as saying, “What do you think?” and actually listening for personal agreement or disagreement. It causes your brain to deal with the disassociation and interactive pathways we all have and we all use, if we force ourselves to do so. When you do this, your brain fires in a different way than it does when you work on something alone. Bounce ideas off others and see how differently you begin to think.

Often, in this hurried world of ours, there are so many stimulating things that catch our attention (brilliant signs, great music, stimulating speakers, commercials, text messages, frequent cellphone calls) we seem to be attentive to all and focused on none. Here’s a tip: FOCUS. We can’t possibly be upset with ourselves if we’re so distracted by important interruptions that we can’t retain necessary information.

Diet… you knew it was going to come up. What we consume actually does impact what we remember. Support your memory by eating more fruits and vegetables. Fresh produce is full of antioxidants, substances that have been shown to protect brain cells, replenish vital neuron plasticity, and give us a chance at remembering. Let’s keep it simple: Eat richly colored fruits and vegetables like broccoli, apricots, bell peppers and blueberries (they’re chocked full of highly concentrated antioxidants).

Ever noticed that you can remember song lyrics when you can’t even remember the music artist’s name that made the song popular? Some people have a natural bent for musical rhyme. You might want to find words that rhyme with the keywords you want to remember. Works for picking pear, pickles, plums, and poultry on shopping list day. Nothing complex, keep it short and simple (k.i.s.s.).

Using jokes, rhymes, funny phrases, crazy pictures in you mind can seal a memory for decades. Remember Roy G Biv helped you write down the colors of the rainbow back in elementary (red, orange, yellow…you remember).

Working word puzzles or playing solitaire, or engaging in texting can keep that brain stimulated with retention of information. You can literally form different thought patterns by “braining out” your workout for the mind.

You got to use it or lose it, and that includes your precious brain muscle, too.

Get into a constructive discussion (some would call that an argument).

Most of us have heard about the absent minded professor, can’t stop long enough to get his hair trimmed or find his eye glasses set upon his forehead. Obviously, it’s not an academic intellect that determines your memory capabilities. But, let’s do the homework and get the improved memory.

Enjoy the posts, the videos, the reference links. But, above all, let’s remember better everyday!