3 Ways to Hang On to Your Memories

With these research-proven tips, you won't forget.

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Wouldn't it be great if your mind had an iCloud to store important moments and keep them vivid? These research-proven tips are the next best thing.

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1 Forget about your phone.

Experts agree that if you really want to hold on to an experience, give the selfie stick a rest, stop scrolling through Instagram filters, and simply pay attention to what's going on around you. In fact, one study found that people who took pics during a museum tour remembered less of what they saw than those who didn't snap photos.

2 Use your senses.

"If you're in a new place, smell the aromas, see the way the light hits, and notice the sounds of the people around you. It helps store a memory in different parts of the brain," says Barry Gordon, MD, PhD, coauthor of the book Intelligent Memory.

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3 Tell a story.

Odds are, when you have a big trip or an exciting adventure, you want to talk to people about it. Well, gab on — it's great for making memories indelible. "People have a hard time recall ing isolated facts, but they remember stories," says Dr. Gordon. "If you can turn a memory into a narrative, you provide your brain with a framework to store it."


This story originally appeared in the July/August 2016 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life.


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