Link ‘memory’ and ‘feeling’ to rapidly improve recall.
If you think about it, it’s easy to remember certain events in your life — with vivid details — when they are linked to highly emotional times; if you’re either extremely happy or sad, you’re likely to remember. So, this means it’s possible to use our emotions to help us remember.
Let’s dig deeper:
The next time you want to remember this moment, simply get yourself back to a 10 while you’re thinking about it. When you first recall, you might be at a 4, for example. The next steps are to achieve a positive emotional state, then remember what you tasted, smelled, heard, felt on your skin, and saw. As you bring forth each of your senses, the 4 will climb, and you’ll become closer and closer to this memory. Before you know it, you’ll be at a 10, and you’ll be enjoying a moment from your past all over again.
Since the only ‘real’ moment in now, memories happen by being fully present. Memory recall also takes place by being present, and most easily in the same state of mind as when something occurred. Because it’s a heck of a lot easier to think, move, and perform in a positive state of mind, we’re choosing to ‘entrain’ your memory with a positive emotional state. Please know that focusing on the negative — and consistently feeling badly — will entrain your memory to become biased in the opposite direction, ultimately teaching you to live unhappily in order to remember your life.
Use this memory trick to strengthen the bond in your relationships by creating ‘sticky moments’, or moments that stand out as you think about someone. Or use it to improve performance at work or school by achieving a positive mindset before you’re asked to memorize or learn something new.
If you want to enjoy remembering more from your past, practice being positive. Layer your memories with all five senses. And get more out of the ‘now’ because you’re choosing to make it concrete in your mind.
Today’s lesson: be present and pay attention to how you feel so you can enjoy — and remember — more of your life.
I’m so grateful for you,
Originally published at drkareem.com on March 20, 2017.