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Forgot Something? Try These 5 Quick Tricks To Boost Your Memory

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Memory not as sharp as it used to be? Great news! New research reveals that kicking back with a few minutes of R&R is all it takes to help you think faster on your feet — and lock in those sweet summer memories you’re making right now. Boosting your brainpower can take as little as five minutes! Here’s how to do it.

To remember where you put something…

About to head to the pool but can’t find your keys? Move your eyes from side to side a few times as you gaze out at the horizon, suggests Canadian research, and you’ll remember where they are up to 90 percent of the time. The intriguing reason it works: This back-and-forth eye motion triggers the two hemispheres of the brain to communicate and work together to retrieve memories.

To recall a word…

Frustrated by words or names on the tip of your tongue? Sniff the flowers in your garden! German scientists say smelling various common garden scents, like rose and geranium, “trains” the brain to recall words and phrases better than brain games like sudoku. Identifying scents requires diverse parts of the brain to cooperate, which boosts thinking skills. It’s so effective, study participants who simply concentrated as they sniffed a variety of pleasant scents twice a day cut their risk of developing dementia in half and rewound their “brain age” by up to six years!

To make memories…

Want to vividly remember a special summer moment forever? Grab a journal and jot down the day’s events using a pen rather than tapping them out on your computer. Japanese scientists found using a pen and paper triggers significantly more activity in the memory-storing regions of the brain than using a tablet or smartphone.

To think creatively…

Trying to conjure ideas for a summer get-together? Spoon up some fruity sorbet. The treat brims with antioxidants in fruit called polyphenols. And researchers reporting in the British Journal of Health Psychology found that when folks snacked on polyphenol-rich produce, they almost instantly experienced five times more curiosity and three times more creativity.

To keep your memory sharp…

Pick up a good book and head outside! Reading outdoors in the middle of the day for 10 minutes a day, three times a week, cuts your risk of developing memory problems by up to 65 percent, suggests a European Society of Cardiology study. Why? Sunrays help your body create vitamin D, which shields brain cells against aging.

This article originally appeared in our print magazine, Woman’s World.

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