7. Laugh More
Laughter is the best medicine, and it’s even good for your memory.
Laughter triggers the body to release more endorphins, which send dopamine to the brain. This can help improve the immune system’s functions and alter brain wave activity. The changes in the brain wave activity positively affect memory and recall.
Moreover, laughter helps reduce stress that can mess with your memory.
A 2014 study published in Advances in Mind-Body Medicine suggests that humor can have a positive impact on memory by improving learning ability and delayed recall .
Another study published in Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) in 2014 found that showing a 20-minute funny video to healthy seniors and seniors with diabetes helped them score better on memory tests and significantly reduced their cortisol levels when compared to non-video watchers .
If you don’t have enough laughter in your life, join a comedy club or watch a funny movie or video clip. Also, spend more time with friends and family who make you laugh.
8. Sip Red Wine
If you like to drink, then choose red wine. It’s good for your physical as well as mental health.
Resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant predominantly present in red wine, protects against cell damage and helps keep memory loss at bay. In fact, it may help prevent age-related memory loss.
A 2015 study published in Scientific Reports found that resveratrol has positive effects on the hippocampus, an area of the brain that is critical to memory. Resveratrol had apparent benefits in terms of learning, memory, and mood in aged rats .
To reap the benefits, be sure you enjoy your red wine in moderation since too much alcohol can kill brain cells. The recommended amount is one glass a day for women and two for men.