Studies show that forgetting is a good sign.
If you are one of those who do not remember where they left the keys, or what they went to buy at the supermarket, you can stay calm, because being forgetful can be a sign that you are more intelligent.
Popularly having a good memory and the ability to remember many things is seen as a sign of intelligence. However, if you often forget little everyday things like what you had for lunch or what your neighbor’s dog was called, science has a good answer for it. Scientists from the University of Toronto published research in the journal Neuron, about the connection between memory and intelligence in human beings.
The researchers propose in this study that the goal of human memory is not to transmit the most accurate information over time, but to guide and optimize intelligent decision-making by only holding onto valuable information.
In other words, when a person forgets someone’s name, or what they had for dinner last night, they are giving way to memory to work better and remember more important things, to focus on making vitally important decisions. Thus the person would have a superior intelligence, as they are capable of making more accurate and intelligent decisions.
The brain knows what it does
If you have children, it may have happened to you that during the first months of your baby you have felt more forgetful than ever. It happened to me, and I couldn’t understand it. Before I was an extremely orderly and punctual woman with all my things, and suddenly I forgot everything and did not know how to organize myself. The maternal brain was doing its thing, making sure to give my little head all the necessary attention for my newborn. This can start during pregnancy and continue through the baby’s first few months of life.
Just as due to a hormonal issue proper to pregnancy, the brain tries to make you forget irrelevant things so that you establish a strong bond with your newborn, researchers have concluded that the brain knows how to make the smartest decisions so that you can optimize your life and make important decisions.
Even if you are forgetful and this is a sign that you have a superior intelligence, it is always good to help our brain capacity with some exercises to improve it.
Just as we clear phone or computer memory to make room for new things, experts admit that it is necessary to clear our memory from time to time to make room for new thoughts and memories. And for this, it is necessary to do physical exercise regularly, as well as some cognitive exercises on a regular basis.
Taken into perspective, this means that when you feel mentally drained or feel like you are being very forgetful lately, physical exercise frees your mind in an amazing way, releasing stress and leaving room for new neural connections.
There are some daily exercises that you can do to continue optimizing your brain performance and increase its capacity:
- Make lists and memorize them
- Brush your teeth with the opposite hand to which you always do
- Buttoning your shirt with one hand
- Driving an alternative road to the one you always take
- Play games like sudoku or word search
- Learn to play an instrument
- Do mental math
- Learn a language
Unless you are like Nelson Dellis, who memorizes 200 words in fifteen minutes, you can rest assured that forgetting something or other from time to time is nothing that should alarm you, but is something positive for you, as long as it does not interfere with things. important.
In the meantime, and if you want to continue to have a healthy brain and elastic memory, don’t forget to lead a healthy life, exercise regularly, visit friends, and try to live a stress-free life. You can also try to write down everything you don’t want to forget during the day, to make sure that nothing will get out of hand. In the meantime, if cognitive failures impact too much on your daily life, be sure to consult with a specialist.