You leave home, close the door, and suddenly realize that you forgot your phone again. This is such a frustrating feeling! Symptoms of low mindfulness and confusion are not a normal part of aging. If you’ve noticed that you are becoming forgetful, it is time to wake up your brain and try some exercises that can boost your memory!
We at Bright Side love to feed our brains and found 10 unusual and simple ways to make our memory run like clockwork!
1. Switch hands during daily activities.
Normally only one hand is dominant and we use it most of the time. But try to switch it sometimes! Using your opposite hand will strengthen neural connections in your brain.
You can do it while brushing your teeth, washing the dishes, writing, cleaning, or pouring drinks. The first time you do it, it might be very hard, but slowly you will get used to it, and you’ll have given your brain a good workout.
2. Read books out loud.
Reading aloud can boost your memory! Speaking and hearing yourself speak helps the brain to store the information.
You can practice this exercise with your friend or child. If you can’t do that, it is good to switch to audiobooks. This kind of reading engages the imagination in a different way and other brain regions start to work.
3. Eat with chopsticks.
Engaging the concentrated areas of nerve cells in your fingertips can stimulate the brain. Fingertip activity, like using chopsticks, helps your brain by boosting your circulation. Plus eating mindfully can help your digestion and help you control your calories.
4. Wake up and smell the vanilla.
Many of us wake up in the morning and drink fresh coffee. You can just change your usual morning routine and wake up to something different! It can be the smell of vanilla or roses. Keep an extract of your favorite aroma for a week and open it when you wake up in the morning.
This exercise is very easy and is described in the book Keep Your Brain Alive: 83 Neurobic Exercises to Help Prevent Memory Loss and Increase Mental Fitness by Larry Katz and Manning Rubin. By smelling a new odor in the morning, you can activate new neural pathways.
5. Wear earplugs in the middle of your daily routine.
Larry Katz and Manning Rubin also advised wearing earplugs. For example, you can do it when you join the family for breakfast. Experience the world without sound! But don’t forget to warn your loved ones that today you are trying a new technique.
Our morning routine can make us half-listen since our brain has a pretty good idea of what to expect. Block your major sensory route by wearing earplugs and use other ways to accomplish simple tasks like eating or drinking coffee.
6. Clench your fist.
The US psychologists say that clenching the right hand for 90 seconds helps in memory formation. The same movement on the left can improve memory recall.
This conclusion was made after an experiment with 50 adults who performed better at remembering words from a long list, while clenching their fist.
7. Elevate your heart rate 3 times a week.
Elevate your heart rate 3 times a week for 20 minutes. You can do this just by walking and checking your heart rate with your smartwatch.
Your brain will be immersed in oxygen and it will help you grow new cells. That is why aerobic exercises are so important for both physical and mental health.
8. Create word pictures and puzzles.
Take any word that you like and start to visualize the spelling of the word in your head. After you finish doing this, think of any other words that begin or end with the same 2 letters. These kinds of puzzles will keep your brain active and sharp.
9. Open a window while driving.
Driving in silence can be very relaxing, but if the weather outside is perfect, open your window! Smell the fresh rain, hear the birds singing.
Your brain will immediately begin to make associations between the sights, sounds, and odors that you notice.
10. Do the 4 detail observation exercise.
Practice when you are out and about! Memorize 4 details of people you encounter out in public. For example, notice the color of their hair, the type of shoes they wear, or their smell.
We don’t observe enough. We’ve actually gotten to a point where we often fail to receive information that our brain should be memorizing and it is possible to fix this. While sitting in a cafe, pick one person and describe them in detail in your head.
Which exercise are you going to practice? Do you have your own effective tips on how to strengthen your memory? Please share your comments with us below!
People From Different Professions Showed How Special Their Workdays Can Be
Everyone knows that we spend half of our lives at work, where we are surrounded by a special world that has room for pleasant surprises, funny situations, and outside-the-box solutions for difficult tasks. For these reasons, people really like learning interesting things about different professions.
We at Bright Side love doing everything we can to broaden our outlook and we love seeing someone else’s photos that show an interesting fact or a funny situation that happened at the workplace.
“Hey! I’m volunteering in a bear refuge in Croatia and I felt like sharing a photo of this chillaxing fellow with you guys.”
Summer in Yamal: a worker wears a special suit that protects him from mosquitoes.
“I made a garbage cover to hide stuff in my van.”
Untitled, unknown, chalk, 2019
A colleague from Houston
A policeman’s partner that has finally passed all his exams and is ready to start work
The level of trust between the shop and its customers
What a plumber sees when he needs to change the pipes that were used to supply a building with cold water
Locals were alarmed and called the police when a monster climbed out of Kamogawa River in Kyoto. It was actually a giant salamander.
A delivery guy talks about one of his orders
This fireman is proposing to his girlfriend in the most fireman way possible. And his colleagues are helping!
Here’s what a selfie at your workplace looks like if you are a sailor.
This is a lens for people with really bad eyesight.
The roads in this small town are being fixed, so some delivery people are using alternative modes of transportation.
When you love your work and it loves you back:
This real gold FedEx ring for being a safe driver
A girl that works at a center of wildlife protection with her “pet”
Do any funny things happen at your work? Share your photos or just show us what your workplace looks like.
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7 Hidden Messages in “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” That Weren’t Meant for Kids
Lewis Carroll’s tale Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland had an amazing influence on cinema, literature, and even psychology: movies and ballets were based on it, sequels and remakes were written. There is even a psychological disorder named after the main character: Alice in Wonderland Syndrome (AWS). This seemingly innocent children’s story was the subject of heated discussions by scientists of the 20th century and even Freud talked about it. The point of the discussions was simple: was the tale written for children or for adults?
Bright Side has read the book “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Decoded” and tried to figure out which parts of the story can only be understood by adults.
1. Alice’s shrinking and growing is a sign of puberty.
When Alice ate a cake or drank a certain mixture, Alice would shrink or grow, and she was scared that she would disappear completely. While there were no actual reasons for the changes in her body in the text, scientists have 3 versions of what could have been the hidden meaning behind that episode:
- Alice’s body changes in a similar way to how it would change as a teenager during puberty. Many people think that Carroll showed the puberty of the character. But why this idea may also be wrong is because Alice is only 7 years old and it is too young to be a teenager.
- Astronomers link the character with the expanding Universe. According to one of the theories, the amount of matter in the Universe is constantly decreasing which will ultimately lead to its disappearance. Obviously, this is why the character was worried about shrinking so much that she would vanish.
- Other people see an indication of hallucinogenic substances, which make people completely disoriented, just like Alice.
2. The pig the character has is an English King.
It is believed that the tale is an allusion to the War of the Roses that took place in England in the 15th century. This time period was full of scheming, betrayal, and there were a lot of chopped heads — just like in the tale.
Assuming the guess is correct, then baby that turned into the pig is a member of the White Rose. And more specifically, it was Richard III who had a sigil with a white boar. Shakespeare even wrote a play about it where he presented Richard in a very bad light.
3. The smell of pepper in the house of the Duchess hides the smell of bad food.
The tale casually mentions that the house of the Duchess smells a lot like pepper because the scullery was adding pepper to the soup. But it may have been a hint at the problem that the food at the time was peppered a lot, to kill the smell of rotten ingredients.
4. Alice is Eve, who becomes a sinner.
The adventures of Alice starts in a quiet garden. It was an idyllic place, green and quiet, and that’s why it reminds many people the Garden of Eden. But Alice doesn’t take an apple, she goes down the rabbit hole and goes into a world that gives rise to incredible changes in her. This theory seems to be pretty logical: children are innocent but when Alice went into the hole (took the apple), she entered the world of puberty, adult life, and became a sinner.
5. Keys, doors, and caterpillars are Freudian symbols.
When Freudian theories became very popular around the world, the tale of Alice turned out to be full of gynecological symbols. The fans of Freud managed to see the symbols in the doors that were hidden behind the curtains, and keys that open these doors. Of course, they couldn’t have missed Absolem — the giant caterpillar that looks like a you know what.
Even though this theory has life, it is not very believable, because people can see these symbols everywhere if they really want to.
6. Walrus and Carpenter are actually Buddha and Jesus.
This is the name of the poem that the twin brothers Tweedledee and Tweedledum read to Alice. The poem tells the story about Walrus and Carpenter, that walk on the beach and call out for oysters to walk with them. The oysters go to the shore and Walrus and Carpenter eat them. Walrus then cries at the end.
There are several interpretations:
- Walrus is a caricature of Buddha, and Carpenter is Jesus. For example, the character Loki from Dogma believes this. The logic is simple: Walrus is fat and happy, so he is Buddha or elephant Ganesha, and Carpenter is the direct reference to the profession of the father of Jesus.
- J. Priestly is convinced that the poem is the story of England’s (Walrus) colonization of America (Carpenter).
- There is a more violent interpretation. Some people believe that Walrus and Carpenter are politicians that kill the masses — the oysters.
7. The poem about the White Rabbit in chapter 12 uncovers the love mystery of Carroll himself.
Some researchers see the reference to the unusual connection between Lewis Carroll and Alice Liddell that was the prototype of the main character. Here are the lines we are talking about:
He sent them word I had not gone
(We know it to be true):
If she should push the matter on,
What would become of you?
This is one of the most sensitive moments in the interpretation of the tale. Some people think that when the girl was supposed to come of age, the writer was going to marry her, but for some reason he had an argument with Mrs. Liddell and he never saw the members of the family since.
Do you want to read the tale now that you have some new knowledge about it in order to find some new hidden meaning? If yes, you can read the original manuscript written by Carroll himself here.
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