“There is no problem without a gift in its hands.”

Want to remember something? Just make a fist!!!

Have you ever forgotten where you parked your car at the airport, shopping center, or elsewhere? Or you forgot someone’s name right after you’ve been introduced…or even forgot the name of the movie you saw the night before?   Well, you’re not alone.

The next time you want to remember something, just make a fist!

I know it sounds crazy, but it’s actually been proven to work. Scientific studies have shown that making a fist with your right hand activates the left side of your brain, and making a fist with your left hand activates the right side of your brain.  It’s like a mirror image.

Scientists also know that the left side of your brain is in charge of storing memories, while the right side of your brain is in charge of recalling those same memories.

This made researchers wonder…could making a fist with your right hand help you ‘store’ something you want to remember? And could making a fist with your left hand help you ‘recall’ it when you need to?

They decided to test their theory with a rather wicked memory test. They showed a group of people 36 words like elephant, tattoo, balloon, and hot dog…and gave them 5 seconds to memorize them. Then they asked the participants to write down as many of the words they could remember.

Half of the group used the ‘fist trick’ and the other half didn’t. The results were astonishing!  The people who used this clever ‘fist trick’ did amazingly better!!!  It was like the difference between getting an “A” or a “C” on an exam.

So before jetting off after the next time you park your car at the airport, shopping center, or elsewhere, make a tight fist with your right hand and say “row 21C”. And when you return, just squeeze your left fist and “bingo” you’ll know where you left your car!

“You are the cause of your own experience. If you are the cause, you can change it.” 

Have a great holiday,

Marla Brucker

Peak Performance Coach