For some odd reason, we can remember where we went on summer vacation when we were just 6 years old… but we can’t remember where in the world we put our keys last night.
It’s no secret that as we age, our ability to remember things tends to diminish.
But it doesn’t have to be this way.
Our minds are incredibly powerful… if we know how to use them properly.
Like hidden features in a new car, there are some simple tricks that help us get the most from our brain’s built-in “accessories.” But since our bodies don’t yet come with a user’s manual, most folks have no idea these tricks exist.
It’s the short-term memory that causes so many folks problems. It’s quite lousy at its job.
The classical belief is that we can retain just five to nine pieces of information in our short-term memory at one time. But more recent research puts that figure even lower… at no more than four things.
That’s why we can’t remember if we took our pills this morning. It’s because we’re also trying to remember our keys… our grocery list… and the myriad tasks in the day ahead.
But our long-term memory bank is much, much richer. It’s a whole different story.
Get this… Paul Reber, a psychologist at Northwestern University, thinks the brain can store an incredible 2.5 million gigabytes of information in the form of long-term memory. That’s enough to download some 300 years’ worth of TV.
If only we could tap that oh-so-deep well whenever we wanted.
Ah, but we can.
A Quick (and Classic) Way to Improve Memory
This impressive memory trick isn’t new. It’s not the latest discovery from Harvard. And it doesn’t require any modern “chemistry” from Big Pharma.
No, it’s thousands of years old. And it’s simple.
In fact, it was first used more than 2,500 years ago… by the same man who taught us how to measure the sides of a right triangle.
That’s right, the same man who gave us the Pythagorean theorem can also teach us a thing or two about our brains and our memory.
Unlike today, back in the day of the great Greek philosophers and mathematicians, a man’s memory was his most coveted faculty. That’s because he didn’t have easy access to books or the internet (the worst memory killer of all). No, all he had was his brain.
A thinker like Pythagoras took his brain and its memory quite seriously.
That’s why he did something peculiar every night before bed. He reviewed his entire day before he fell asleep for the night.
He didn’t just focus on the big stuff or the need-to-know memories. He mentally recalled everything he did and learned from the second he got out of bed to the instant he crawled back in… everything.
It trained his mind to pay attention… It tapped that oh-so-powerful storage device between his ears.
For proof, Pythagoras would often recall a day’s events weeks or even months after they happened. It was as if he were able to mentally record every second of his day.
Simple Trick… Big Benefits
You can – and should – do it, too.
It’s a simple trick with many benefits. And it’s not hard to do. We’ve already explained everything you need to know.
Simply get into bed each night and do your very best to recall the day’s events – from start to finish. Focus on as much detail as possible. Work to recall numbers, colors, your thoughts… everything.
Do it in the order it happened. Don’t skip around.
It will be quite tough at first. You’ll recall just a fraction of the day’s events. But soon – likely in just a few weeks – you’ll be recalling huge chunks of data.
What’s neat about this trick is the benefits stretch beyond your memory.
Sure, you’ll be able to recall much more about your waking hours. (The days of forgetting your pills or losing your keys are over.) But you’ll also find yourself doing things throughout the day to help boost your memory.
Some folks say this bedtime ritual helps them live more in the moment. They’re much more aware of their days and how they spend their time.
Interestingly, an overlooked but important side effect of the technique is that it leads to better sleep. By focusing on the events of the day, our brain slowly relaxes and our thoughts lull us to sleep.
In fact, at first, you’ll find that you fall asleep long before you remember the day’s full events. That’s okay. It’s part of the process. Don’t get frustrated. And certainly don’t quit the exercise if you aren’t able to recall an entire day at first.
With practice, you will.
You’ll soon become a master of your memory.
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