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Get a whiff of rosemary oil. According to the British Psychological Society, the plant compounds in rosemary boost our so-called “prospective memory” by about 75%. Which helps us remember to take medicine at 2 o’clock, or mail a birthday card on Friday.
Next: Want to reduce your stress and improve your memory? Watch your favorite sitcom. According to the Memosyn Neurology Institute, when people watched a comedy, their stress levels dropped. And people who watched funny videos had lower cortisol levels and did better on memory tests.
Final memory-booster: Get crafty. Mayo Clinic researchers found people who had a creative hobby and stuck with it into old age – or picked up a new hobby – were 73% LESS likely to develop memory problems.