Social Interaction: Hanging Out With The Joneses

Social interaction certainly boosts quality of life, and it can boost other things, too. For example, elderly women with larger social networks have been found to be less susceptible to dementia than their less-connected peers.

On a more basic level, socializing involves learning things about different people and retaining that information in order to interact comfortably with them. Whether that means knowing the details of their life stories, their interests or simply how to hold a conversation without angering them, it’s a way to broaden your mental frame of reference so you have more associations to help you remember.

Brain Training: All Aboard The Brain Train

The biggest memory booster of all is keeping your brain active or challenging it on a regular basis. It can be as simple as learning a new language, reading something new and difficult, learning a skill, doing puzzles or (my personal favorite, of course) memorizing.

But the hardest part about keeping your brain active on a daily basis is staying motivated to do so. We all have the potential to practice something a lot, but what we don’t all have is the drive and dedication to necessarily do that practice every day. And that’s fine. My point is this: Keep your brain active by doing something you are passionate about enough to do it every day.

The great thing about memory is that there are tons of daily use-cases where you can naturally practice without having to set aside time to do it. So make memory your daily brain exercise, or make it something else. It’s up to you. Just make sure you challenge your brain in some way every day.

Written by Nelson Dellis for CNN.

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