Give a kid a pen and paper, and the last thing in the world he’s going to do is write up a shopping list or add up his bills.
You’ll get creative, wonderful, and weird little pictures and doodles that are perfect for tacking onto the fridge.
Kid stuff, right?
But maybe it’s time to turn that “kid stuff” into YOUR STUFF.
Because scientists say, you won’t JUST pick up a little of that refreshingly youthful attitude. New research finds you just might pick up a YOUNGER brain, too.
The ‘childish habit’ that’ll enhance your memory
One of the greatest things about a younger brain isn’t JUST the imagination that allows children to draw those marvelous pictures.
It’s how SHARP they are!
Kids have an amazing memory and never seem to forget a thing (especially if you’ve made a promise to them).
Now, that new study shows you can pick up some of that youthful brain wattage for yourself. And all you have to do is make like a child when you have a pen and paper.
Don’t write out shopping lists and errands.
Doodle them instead!
The study initially found that when kids draw pictures of things, they remembered them a whole lot better.
That got the researchers to thinking…
Is that the case with older folks, too? Could they improve THEIR memory with drawing as well?
Short answer: YEP!
Doodle your way to a better brain
When they were given memory tests at the start of the study, the older folks, of course, didn’t do nearly as well as the kids.
And to be clear, that wasn’t the case at the end of it either. That would be a flat out miracle.
But they DID get a whole lot closer to that steel-trap, kid-powered memory.
The researchers wrote that drawing pictures of things instead of listing them “can significantly enhance memory performance in older adults.”
In fact, they did SO MUCH BETTER on memory tests that the team behind the study thinks this breakthrough could lead to something even bigger.
It not only can help enhance the fading memory of the average senior, as shown in the new study…
It might also transform the brain of someone suffering from cognitive decline, helping to fight memory loss, and maybe even slowing the progression of the disease.
More research is needed, but it’s even possible it could help you AVOID having your memory slip so drastically in the first place.
So the next time you have some things you need to remember to pick up at the store … or you need to make sure you don’t forget an appointment… don’t just make a list or jot down a note.
Doodle it, instead.
Draw some creative, wonderful, and weird little pictures of your own – and hang THOSE on the fridge right next to your grandkids’ creations.
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