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    Three Breathtaking Things to Know About Your Brain and Memory

    Note: This is a guest post by freelance writer Marc Green.

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    Three things to know about your brain and memoryHave you ever been in a situation where you question what you ate for dinner last night, and literally cannot recall? After minutes of pondering, sometimes it may click, whereas other times a friend or family member may have to remind you of the food you ate, or you have to think of something which symbolizes the food. For example, maybe you ate roast lamb (sorry vegans!) and see a lamb on television which triggers your memory of you eating lamb – only if, for whatever reason, you were actually trying to remember what you ate for dinner last night. On the other hand, maybe you just list all the different foods you typically eat and pinpoint the one which you ate last night – or you have adapted to a certain eating pattern that it’s just second nature for you to know what you ate for dinner last night, which, too be honest, is kind of boring; where’s your sense of adventure?!

    Now, let me ask you another question. At what point did you suddenly forget what you ate for dinner? Was it minutes after eating it? Did the memory slowly begin to vanish, or was it sudden? Or do you simply not know, or even care? Maybe you just need to eat something better. Just kidding … but seriously.

    Memories of something trivial, such as that poor, innocent lamb you ate for dinner last night is a part of the visual memory. This type of memory largely impacts the daily life of a typical person. It performs simple tasks such as allowing us to remember the face of someone, remembering where you last placed your wallet (or purse), and most importantly: remembering where your phone (and keys, for that matter) was last placed. As you can see, our visual memory is terrible. Okay – so maybe that isn’t true. Without the ability to visually remember things (or an adequate comprehension), wouldn’t we just be blind humans with working eyes? Imagine walking past a stranger, and instantly forgetting their face, gender, etc. That is, of course, providing no interaction was present whatsoever.

    So, now you may be asking yourself, “Well, what about blind people?” which is a very good question. Blind people are far superior with memory than those who aren’t blind, which may be surprising to some of you (or not). As blind people have no visual input, this is their brain’s way of making up for their lack of visual perception. They are able to remember words far better than most people, with less ‘false’ memories. They remember in other ways, such as smell, feel, taste and sound. Obviously there are other contributing factors to their memory ability, such as if they were blind from birth, being a major one.

    So, why are we often unable to remember such typical things, like what we ate for dinner last night? Unfortunately this is a daily occurrence in the everyday life – it’s because essentially our brain hates information; long term, anyway. Have you ever wondered why most HAVE to study to pass a test? It’s because the information is stored in your short term memory and will essentially be wiped or considered obsolete as new information is stored. There is no instant cure to this terrible, terrible illness, unfortunately – other than retraining your brain and memory.

    That being said: just because you forget about something does not mean it has been removed from your brain forever, which is something people are often unaware of. It simply means you are unable to retrieve given information which has been stored in your long-term memory at any given point. Just because you can’t remember what you ate for dinner last night doesn’t mean you won’t remember just before falling asleep.

    Okay, now let me test you. Remember the seven different values I wrote at the top of this article that you were probably extremely puzzled about when initially reading? If you don’t remember reading them at all, then I sincerely hope you get checked out! Seriously though; presuming you read over them, or at least glanced at them: I want you to recite them WITHOUT looking back. If you can do this, then you’re a cheater.

    So, without further ado, I present information as to WHY you may find yourself in similar situations previously mentioned (forgetting keys, where your phone was last situated, what you ate for dinner, etc.) and how to avoid these situations as much as possible.

    1. Your Brain Hates You… Kind of.

    Firstly, it’s not because you’re moronic (although that may be a contributing factor) but because of several other factors. One of the most common reasons many are unable to remember specific information is because, essentially, it’s not life-threatening. Basically, your brain doesn’t REALLY care about where you left your car keys; it only cares for survival. You might care (which will improve your memory) but your brain certainly opposes it. Have you noticed how you never forget to drink water (or any form of liquid)? It’s because your body forces you to be reminded of these things as a form of survival. I have said it once, and I’ll say it again: your brain couldn’t care less about your phone – as much to your disgust, simply because you can live without it.

    2. Learn Properly!

    Although your brain hating you remembering things is a significant reason as to why many have poor long-term memories, there are several other less significant factors contributing to your poor memory, such as not learning the information correctly. For example: studying for a test. Maybe you were too distracted or only remembered small parts which made it hard for the rest of the information to make any sense. Or maybe you simply didn’t understand the information logically at all, and it was simply all words to you. Don’t worry, you’re not alone! So essentially you never actually learned this information correctly to begin with, so obviously you won’t be able to remember it… if it was never stored in the first place, right? Having the passion and motivation to remember information is going to enhance your memory because you desire learning of the new information. Make sense?

    3. Stop Repeating Yourself!

    Furthermore, as you learn and remember more and more things, those new things could interfere with past memories resulting in a loss of memory.  For example: have you ever been to, say, a significant location twice, and don’t remember which time you went when “that something” happened? Maybe you went to a theme park twice in your life, and can’t recall at which time a certain ride was broken down. That is probably a poor example, but one I hope you can grasp and actually makes sense.

    Conclusion

    As you may have been able to establish from this article, your brain really doesn’t like to learn new things uncritical to your life. As a result, I hand it to all the doctors, lawyers, engineers and other advanced professions (sorry, art professionals!) having to learn new information for years upon years just to become what they want. I certainly couldn’t do it! So with those three tips mentioned earlier, you should be well on your way to enhancing your memory skills.


    Marc Green is a highly passionate researcher who is enthusiastic about the human memory, and how to effectively retain information. He runs a website called Wider Memory, which is packed with information regarding how you can do better when it comes to remembering things.

    Meditation: A Lifesaver for Working Women

    Note: This is a guest post by freelance writer Ruby Andrew.

    Women play an important role in society. The pressures of a home mom are often paralleled with the necessity and demand to work and support the family. The stress of office work, looking after the home, cooking, and raising kids can take a toll on the health of working women. Therefore, more and more working women find that meditation is a medicine to relieve stress and exhaustion. Meditation, a purposeful quieting of mental and dialogue activities, has been around since the existence of religion. There is a great deal of scientific research that has proven the benefits of meditation, such as the lowering of stress and relaxation of body, mind, and soul.

    Meditation for Working Women

    Creating Time to Meditate

    It’s possible for a woman to meditate every day even with obstacles (which are actually blessings) like children, a full-time job, a garden, or a spouse. Stay-at-home mothers or those who juggle several jobs have to create some time to meditate. The idea is to take it and make it a habit.

    Consider Yourself Imperfect

    Just like many other activities, people quit once they start because they don’t live up to their own expectations. Some find the process boring or quit after missing several sessions. Giving yourself reason to be imperfect will encourage you to continue despite the odds. Whether you are doing it right or not means you are actually meditating–you only need to keep willing to continue.

    Relax the Rules

    Guides from an instructor, a book, or a video tape come with set regulations. Most of these guidelines are spot on, but if you wait until the environment is conducive, you might wait forever. All you need is a quiet moment with yourself despite all the noise around you. It’s possible to block the noise and focus on your inner self for a few minutes.

    Ask For Help

    Let your bosses know that you meditate during work so that they can allow you the time. Although this may be tough, let your children know that they can wait until you are through meditating. It has been scientifically proven that the more you meditate even in short snatches of time, the more you get relaxed and stay peaceful at work.

    The Benefits of Meditation

    Once you meditate, you realize the expansion within yourself and enjoy lots of social and health benefits. It can help to strike a balance between work and personal life, especially for women with lots of daily responsibilities. This is according to Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, a meditation teacher and the chairperson of International Women’s Conference in India.

    1. When you are calm and in a serene state of mind, which is achieved through meditation, you’ll be able to perform a task that usually takes four hours and complete within two hours. The bonus two hours can be used for family or balance between works. To realize the full potential within, dedicate time to yourself by meditation.

    2. Meditation helps you to go beyond conditions and judgments. Often, when people are faced with a challenge, they tend to worry about how to solve the problem by digging through the past occurrences. Through breathing and relaxation exercises, creativity blossoms, and the right answer to tackle the challenge is presented at the right time. The habit of meditation helps to achieve proper observation, expression, and perception. It will help you relate well with those around you and the environment.


    Ruby Andrew lives in Bristol, UK and is an avid reader and blogger. Since her early years she’s had a passion for writing. Her articles have been published in leading UK newspapers. Her areas of interest are food, reviews (Book/Movie), Travel, Fashion, Lifestyle, Fitness and Health. She works as a guest blogger on her chosen areas of interest and currently writes on behalf of EHIC card.

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    45 Life Lessons, Written by a 90-year-old

    I love little nuggets of wisdom. I came across this list and found it appropriate for the latter half of December as the end of another year approaches.  I don’t know the origin or whether it was really written by a 90-year-old, but regardless, it’s worth reading through. And I hope the blogger I borrowed it from doesn’t mind my re-posting here. Enjoy!

    1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

    2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

    3. Life is too short not to enjoy it.

    4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.

    5. Don’t buy stuff you don’t need.

    6. You don’t have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.

    7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.

    8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

    9. Save for things that matter.

    10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

    11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

    12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.

    13. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

    14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.

    15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye… But don’t worry; God never blinks.

    16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

    17. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful.  Clutter weighs you down in many ways.

    18. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.

    19. It’s never too late to be happy.  But it’s all up to you and no one else.

    20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.

    21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

    22. Over-prepare, then go with the flow.

    23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.

    24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

    25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

    26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words, ‘In five years, will this matter?’

    27. Always choose Life.

    28. Forgive but don’t forget.

    29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

    30. Time heals almost everything. Give Time time.

    31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

    32. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

    33. Believe in miracles.

    34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.

    35. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

    36. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.

    37. Your children get only one childhood.

    38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

    39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

    40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d
    grab ours back.

    41. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have, not what you think you need.

    42. The best is yet to come…

    43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

    44. Yield.

    45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.