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It’s no secret that if you want to improve your memory (or any brain function), you have to work at it. A new study, however, shows that specifically learning a new skill that’s unfamiliar to you can have a marked improvement in memory.
Ah, ideas. Who doesn’t want more great ideas? I know I do. I usually think about ideas as being magical and hard to produce. I expect them to just show up without me cultivating them, and I often get frustrated when they don’t show up when I need them. The good news is that it turns out cultivating ideas is a process, and one that we can practice to produce more (and hopefully better) ideas.
Christmas rolls around again like a tinselled-covered freight train. Shopping centres sway in unison to the tune of carols, while children test the patience of their parents as the queue slowly contracts towards Santa’s lap. To-do lists are being crossed off, cards are being scrawled in, and everywhere there is just the faintest hint of exhaustion. Yet despite the dodgem-car shopping and magic disappearing act of my bank balance, I do love Christmas.
Inspiration is fickle and difficult. We all strive for those bright “Aha!” moments, whether we work in a creative or logical field. While it’s not a process you can control entirely, there are ways to enable and encourage your brain to have more of those epiphanies when you understand how they work.