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Do you find it difficult to recognize someone you've been acquainted to earlier? Do you always have to look for your friend’s phone number in your address book before dialing his number? Have you ever experienced forgetting the next few lines to utter in an important speech? Do you have a hard time passing the exams because you just can’t seem to recall the lessons you've studied?
If you answered “yes” to any of these above questions, then your memory needs some work. Some might say, “So I have a bad memory. No big deal.”
What they might not know is that unless affected by injury or illness...
“No One is Born with a Bad Memory. It Just Needs to be Sharpened to Improve Its Efficiency”

Contrary to the belief of many people that sharpening your memory takes a lot of time and effort, you don’t have to be a genius to quickly know, understand, and recall what you have read or learned.
Can you imagine what your life would be like if you have a sharp memory? You can achieve the following:
- Get higher grades by studying more efficiently.
- Build good relationships by recalling people’s names, faces, and interests.
- Enhance your career by recalling facts and numbers effortlessly.
- Never get lost on the road again.
- Save lots of time by never having to find lost objects.
- Impress your friends with your super memory and be the life of the party.
It doesn't matter whether you’re 92 years old or just 12, anyone is capable of memorizing and recalling virtually any information possible. However, you must have the proper lifestyle, attitude, habits, and methods to possess a super memory.

Fortunately, an interesting book was written to achieve that purpose.

Improving your Memory will teach you practical and creative strategies to refine and sharpen your wonderful memory. It will reveal to you effective techniques on how to maintain your brain in tip-top condition, how to overcome forgetfulness, and how to easily retain data in your mind for immediate retrieval anytime you desire.
Best of all, many of the methods are simple, practical, and fun to learn!
If you want your mind to memorize numbers, facts, and other information like nothing you've ever seen before, then this book is for you.
Take a look at some of the information you’ll find inside:
- Why being smart is not necessary to have a good memory.
- Foods that allow your brain to operate at its peak performance.
- What you should do to improve creativity.
- The 3 types of memory.
- Helpful techniques in mood conditioning to boost your mental capacities.
- The first thing you should do before memorizing anything.
- Common causes of a poor memory.
- Successful strategies to maintain your focus.
- How to keep track of all your thoughts.
- Terrific tips to intensify your motivation.
- How your subconscious helps you to remember.
- Popular techniques of association.
- Similarities between the mind and a video camera.
- 7 powerful tactics to overcome forgetfulness and absentmindedness.
- Why you can better remember a person who owes you some money compared to someone who doesn't.
- 11 extraordinary strategies to help you remember names and faces.
- How to convert numbers to words.
- How to transform numbers to pictures.
- Super techniques to remember long strings of numbers.
- How to recall an item from a chronological list.
- How to easily remember dates, time, and TV channels.
- How to develop a keen sense of direction.
- How to recall addresses and places with ease.

Published: Altiora Publications on
ISBN: 9781301278961
List price: $4.95
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Introduction

In the words of Cicero, memory is the treasury and guardian of all things. A good memory is truly an invaluable asset; one which costs little to acquire but which brings lasting benefit every day.

Your memory of faces, names, facts, information, dates, events, circumstances and other things concerning your everyday life is the measure of your ability to be successful in today’s fast-paced, information-dependent society. With a good memory, you do not have to fear forgetting or misplacing important things. You can overcome mental barriers that hinder you from achieving success in all areas of your life.

The human brain is a truly remarkable thing in its own right. Neuroscientists say that it is the most complex structure ever to have existed on this planet. A big statement, but one which can be backed up hard facts. Its capacity to process information and remember what has happened is phenomenal. Most of us do not even come close to using it to its full potential.

Survival mechanism

In an evolutionary sense, memory is a survival mechanism. It helps us to register patterns of behaviour and events in our environment, those that are helpful to our survival, those that threaten our survival and those that are neutral.

If we are fully aware in the present moment, paying attention to what is happening, memory is automatic. In the absence of a neurological disease or handicap, poor memory is usually the result of being pre-occupied, not paying attention. The good news is that memory is a cognitive skill that can be improved with practice. It is like a muscle; it gets stronger the more you use it. It also gets weaker if you do not use it.

Use it, or lose it

As a people get older, they tend to settle into established ways of thinking. Over time, through familiarity, these require less and less effort to maintain. The brain uses a lot of energy, so it is tempting to economise on how much you use it. Getting older does not necessarily mean your memory will get worse; only if you stop using it. There are many older people who are mentally very sharp and creative well into their 80’s and beyond. These folks have made the effort to keep their mind active. They do this by finding a learning activity that suits their particular way of thinking; it could be doing crosswords, or creative writing, painting, learning a new language, a musical instrument or any number of other activities.

Memorization or retention of data operates by loading images, sounds, taste, smell, and sensation (touch) in a very organized and meaningful combination in our brain. There are three types of memory.

Sensory Memory is where short-term information is stored. Images such as a picture in a magazine, a snippet of conversation, music or the design on someone’s t-shirt are momentarily stored in the sensory memory. It will be quickly replaced by another sensory memory unless you do something to retain it.

Short-term memory is characterized by 20 to 30 seconds of retention. It involves a limited amount of information, and is necessary in traditional processing of experiences and ordinary data gathering (everyday sensation and perception). For example, you were taught by your professor some great techniques on how to easily solve complicated Math problems. The next time you take a Math exam, you may possibly remember some of the formulas, but it’s doubtful you’ll be able to recall and apply all the methods being taught.

Long-term memory involves consolidation and organization of complex knowledge and information for further reference and other cognitive (mental) processing such as the application of learning or information into meaningful experiences. Examples would include your birthday, your father’s name, and your home’s appearance.

Short-term and long-term memories are concerned with how you continually organize data that are stored in your brain. In short, human memory is like a vast and complicated yet organized library, rather than a trash can or disordered store room.

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