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    7 Mental Habits That Can Improve Memory And Problem-Solving

    Your brain is the one thing you can exercise without breaking a sweat.

    Our brains work a lot like muscles. 🧠

    Without stimulation, the mind grows bored, frustrated, and lethargic. Luckily, your brain is the one thing you can exercise without breaking a sweat!

    As a professional mentalist, I've spent countless hours onstage talking about what the mind can do. Lately, though, I've found myself thinking a lot more about what our minds actually need — and there's clear overlap between the two.

    Here are a few mental skills that you can start practicing from the safety of your couch to help keep your mind sharp.

    1. Practice writing or drawing with your nondominant hand.

    2. Pick up a Rubik's Cube.

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    While it may seem a bit retro, the Rubik's Cube has recently become one of the most popular tools for training the brain. Learning to solve a Rubik's Cube has been shown to be psychologically valuable by actively developing problem-solving skills, spatial awareness, and mental coordination. Plus, you can always increase the difficulty by jumping out of a plane, like this guy. This video and Reddit's /r/cubers community are great places to start learning.

    Get a Rubik's Cube on Amazon for $9.99.

    3. Get familiar with memory association techniques.

    4. Learn how to spot when someone is lying.

    5. Start meditating. (Or meditate more!)

    6. Count cards.

    7. Learn another language. (Or the building blocks of several!)

    Jason Suran is an award-winning mentalist, magician, and corporate lecturer. His work has been featured on ESPN, NBC, and Fox. Currently, he offers virtual performances and lectures for audiences around the globe. Follow him on Instagram or visit his website.