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Memory is not one thing: It's a system. There are hundreds of different specialized cells, supported by other body systems, that make up the human mind: those involved in senses, movement, and thoughts and emotions all interact to create your memories. Specialized areas of who you are, in essence, can be affected by sleep, medication, what you eat and drink, as well as your incredible design and how it works as one.

 

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Pony Express

Pony Express

Nancy 12/07/2019 0
At some point, you know you want it -  express delivery. If you recall from your studies of the late 1800s, a time of great innovation in the U.S., the pony express was faster than some other form of communication, which at one point had been faster than some other form of communication as well. And now, in 2019, with one day delivery an option...you follow in the hoof beats of history. Click (clo...
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Give & Re-Ceive

Give & Re-Ceive

Nancy 02/05/2019 0
To receive, means re- (back) + take. To take back. If you're feeling as if you aren't loved, if you're feeling lonely, and if you're feeling as if things are out of balance... remember: love first. Then, receive....
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Put Them Down

Put Them Down

Nancy 01/09/2019 0
Regrets are small stones of grief we carry around. When we put them down, the practice of letting go stays with us. Practicing letting go means also letting go of the heaviness of grief. Other memories, of people, places, and times we miss, remain for us to enjoy....
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100 Percent

100 Percent

Nancy 12/31/2018 0
We mentally calculate whether or not we are going to be successful. Predictability, statistics, probability, and so on, quantify our guessing games. Despite most uncertainty, one thing is true: you miss 100% of something you never try. ...
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Shopping List Research

Shopping List Research

Nancy 12/17/2018 0
Making a simple shopping list involves genes, molecules, cells, circuits, physiology (e.g., heart rate , blood pressure, walking, parking, driving, wheel-chair-scooting), observing your own behavior ("where is my wallet? do I have enough money"), and self-reports ("yes, I remembered the milk..." or "how did I forget that?"). You are your own best memory research subject. ...
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Blueberries

Blueberries

Nancy 12/12/2018 0
Blueberries have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, including other properties associated with increased signaling involved in memory function. Some studies have demonstrated that blueberries also help your body and mind use the energy from all of the food you eat....
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Sleep

Sleep

Nancy 12/03/2018 0
Sleep is its own cool thing. Consolidation, integration and the slow hum of neurons firing together (and staying together) takes place when we sleep. Repair, neurogenesis... you name it. Sleep is a good thing. New ideas become "our" ideas. Memory seems to strengthen each time we practice something, read something, hear something repeatedly... and then nap....
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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

Nancy 11/22/2018 0
Thanksgiving, in its most literal sense, is a day of practicing an "automatic" emotional response so often the memory of that response is dialed into how you think, how you feel, and therefore a trait of who you are. Happy thankfulness and giving. xoxo - MemoryBeach...
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Make Believe

Make Believe

Nancy 11/03/2018 0
If you pretend to be someone else, you may ultimately create an entire false memory of who you wanted to be. The more detailed, the more you create that person. To your mind, you are not "telling a lie," even if you never came close to being that person. Your mind can make its own reality, as you talk to yourself. Your mind is that powerful....
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On Your Side

On Your Side

Nancy 10/24/2018 0
Taking in the good for ourselves, and others, means exaggerating the feelings of wonder, wonderfulness, & happiness when we do good things. We sensitize and practice taking in the good from ourselves and others. In turn, we grow our ability to speak up, and out, on any stage....
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BDNF

BDNF

Nancy 10/19/2018 0
Exercise releases molecules that helps fire up our neurons, especially in our memory systems. We grow our capacity to learn and remember through activating a gene called BDNF, which releases a protein necessary for learning also called BDNF. With exercise, we ready our minds to be open to new things. If these new things are important to us (meaning, relevant), then we remember them better....
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Willpower

Willpower

Nancy 10/11/2018 0
It can take as much strength or more to say NO instead of yes. In 2012 researchers discovered the energy used to make decisions depleted the same energy sources used for willpower. Sipping on lemonade provided a short boost in energy stores....
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Play

Play

Nancy 10/04/2018 0
Real-time games requiring multiple senses (visual, hearing, touch, location) are more powerfully helpful than computer games in engaging peoples' working, short, and long-term memory systems....
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Authenticity

Authenticity

Nancy 09/22/2018 0
Within the frame of any relationship, there can be an authentic exchange between two people. Feeling that someone gets you is healing, energizing, and loving. We need to get the frame right, for the authentic exchange to occur....
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Fear

Fear

Nancy 09/12/2018 0
Fear is part of your natural response to things that threaten your survival emotionally, physically and spiritually. If you feel safe, practice feeling safe. Practice a lot. So when do you feel afraid, it's real, and not just an automatic response that can affect your happiness in exploring new things....
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