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15 Everyday Habits of People With an Impressive Memory

Reader's Digest Canada Logo By Tina Donvito, RD.com of Reader's Digest Canada | Slide 1 of 16: You probably know someone who seems to never forget a thing: Names, events, things that happened years ago can be recalled in seconds. How do these people do it? Mnemonic tricks can help boost your memory, but more importantly, good lifestyle habits as well as strategies for processing new information can improve how your memory works. It's not just about rote memorization—it's about how info "sticks" in the brain to use later on. "Memorizing 'stuff' should not be the goal," says Jennifer Zientz, MS, head of clinical services with the Center for BrainHealth at the University of Texas at Dallas. "Using what you remember—combining memories with other knowledge to form new ideas and to make choices—is a more healthy way to use your brain, and will enhance your life more than worrying about your ability to remember 'stuff.'" Read on for some tips on expanding your brain's potential.

It is possible to boost your memory

You probably know someone who seems to never forget a thing: Names, events, things that happened years ago can be recalled in seconds. How do these people do it? Mnemonic tricks can help boost your memory, but more importantly, good lifestyle habits as well as strategies for processing new information can improve how your memory works. It's not just about rote memorization—it's about how info "sticks" in the brain to use later on.

"Memorizing 'stuff' should not be the goal," says Jennifer Zientz, MS, head of clinical services with the Center for BrainHealth at the University of Texas at Dallas. "Using what you remember—combining memories with other knowledge to form new ideas and to make choices—is a more healthy way to use your brain, and will enhance your life more than worrying about your ability to remember 'stuff.'" Read on for some tips on expanding your brain's potential.

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