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A memory palace is an imaginary location where you can store mnemonic images in your mind.

You can turn any room into an imaginary place and place different objects in different areas to remind you of what needs to be done: e.g: Place a YouTube logo near your door to trigger your mind to write a script.

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Reflect onto yourself your vision statement for a minimum of 66 days - this is the magic number for habit formation, as it takes consistent and consequently 66 days of practicing to form a habit and that your brain experiences the necessary chemical changes.

  1. Your vision statement must be within the realm of your competence.
  2. It must be aligned within your specific skill set or on existing talents that will be further developed.
  3. Break down your vision statement into milestones so that you'll be able to focus on individual steps along the journey you'll be treading.

This is the law of memory where we tend to remember the beginning of a list relative to those presented in the middle of the list (e.g.: Person A reads a long grocery list is more likely to remember the beginning items on the list than those in the middle).

The primacy effect is based on a set of cognitive biases, but as with all laws, it can be broken.

Procedural Memory

This is a type of implicit long-term memory that aids certain tasks' performance without the conscious awareness of past experiences. E.g.: Riding bikes or tying shoelaces.

Realistically Optimistic

An optimistic outlook appears to be a kep part of healthy lifestyles. Those who find glasses as half full tend to be happier, healthier, and wealthier people.

A recent study came out suggesting that longevity and optimism is interconnected with each other. Therefore pushing forward that while promoting healthy and resilient ageing by eating healthily and exercising, we must also then promote taking good care of our mental well-being and cultivating psychosocial assets.

Roy T. Bennett
“Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.”

Explanatory style is a psychological attribute that indicates how people explain themselves why they experience a certain event, whether positvely or negatively.

Optimists see obstacles as temporary and opportunities for good things to happen in the future and to establish a better foundation for resiliency, while pessimists see otherwise. People with an optimistic outlook are likely to form social connections because they see the good in people hence building better relationships with others.

One of the simplest and effective ways to train your brain to be more optimistic is to practice the "Best Possible Self" method. This method encourages people to make time and imagine themselves in the future wherein they have achieved all of their life goals with no worries.

This technique also involves the practice of journaling, thus, writing down a future day in you're accomplished future life for 10 minutes for 8 weeks will foster a positive engagement with yourself and a sense of optimism.

Creative Productivity

Quality is a probabilistic function of quantity, meaning that when a creative makes the most attempts, there will be hits and misses.

Many creatives such as Thomas Edison had done prominent work even before he created the incandescent lightbulb. Consider also Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s 600 compositions and Pablo Picasso’s 10,000 paintings.

There are three ways to further our creativity into our lives:

  1. Do something without caring about the results - this is to help lower our expectations and to loosen ourselves up and reduce the internal pressure we have on ourselves
  2. Set and meet a quota - to make something in an environment when you are most comfortable and set a structure for practice and development
  3. Make it the best part of your day - being mindful that there is no right way to approach creativity and to do what works for us

Marketers often use color psychology to make you like their product.

  • Organizations that want to portray dependability use the blue color, like HP, IBM or Dell.
  • Companies that want to showcase the element of fun use orange, like Nickelodeon or Fanta, for instance.
  • Peaceful, nature-oriented colours like green are used in companies like Whole Foods and Tropicana.

Across the world, human beings have almost a universal perception of colors, based on their personality.

  • Red is considered a bold and extremely visible color, and is perceived as exciting, energetic and passionate. People who are bold, adventurous and impulsive would love this color.
  • Orange is universally associated with creativity, freedom and happiness. People with playful, cheerful and productive personalities generally like this color.

Some factors like language, culture, climate and history act as influencers of color perception.

  • The color white has an association with sadness in China due to it being worn at funerals, while yellow is linked with joy, in countries that don’t get enough sunshine.
  • Greece denotes sadness with the color purple, due to the Greek Orthodox Church associating this color with mourning.
Attraction Towards Stuff

Right from childhood, we are attracted to things that we can call our own, stuff like clothes, toys, bags, and books, later morphing into adult toys like cars, jewellery, furniture, Playstations and iPhones.

These possessions become our extension and eventually our legacy.

  • In children, attachment to certain objects like a favourite toy or blanket is common.
  • They can rebel or move to tears when made to part with the object they are attached to, as a deep bond is formed.
  • The object aids the kid’s transition to adulthood and is more common when they are not attached to their parents.

Being happy with material goods peaks during the formative years, when new experiences make the teenager’s already fragile self-esteem fluctuate. A sense of self-worth and respect makes them less prone to attachment towards materialist objects.

Pre-teen girls identify so much with material objects like clothes, that if they exchange it with each other, it feels that they have shared their identity.

  • The first car is often the main symbol of identity, with young adults seeing it as an extension of themselves.
  • The house becomes the extension of the physical body and is a clear reflection on the image the owner wants to convey.
  • Research shows that a fragile ego and powerlessness are triggers to buy high-status products, as it offsets the inner inadequateness.
  • Our possession signals our status and availability to others.

Wearing luxury clothes has social benefits, as a study shows it helps in getting a job or soliciting money for charity, and much like a uniform can communicate about one’s membership or affiliation to certain clubs, groups, or sports teams.

The loss of material possessions often comes as a form of death to many, as many victims of theft or mugging feel a certain psychological loss, which is greater than the financial value of the stolen item.

Many also see the disposal of possessions as a liberating feeling full of closure and growth, as they finish a chapter of their lives and start another.

  • The elderly form bonds with their personal belongings and at the same time feel nostalgic about the brands when they were young. The attachment towards stuff deepens as the age goes by, cherished and preserved by them to remember the old times gone by.
  • The possessions form a link towards their younger selves, memories and relationships, and become family heirlooms after their death.
  • The stuff that celebrities use fetches good money in auctions after they die, as people try to find the essence of the person in the item.

As the world goes increasingly digital, our online identity becomes the primary way to tell the world about our possessions, likes, dislikes and desires.

Our self has extended itself in our digital possessions, which create the same kind of attachment as older people have with physical objects.

Holding on to one’s belongings, when taken to the extreme, becomes a serious problem of hoarding when the owners are reluctant to ever part with their collectables.

Hoarding disorder is a growing problem and can be the reason for fire hazards and even other mental disorders stemming from the clutter.

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