Talk to Me!
Do you have the gift of gab? If so, chances are your memory is pretty good, too. A recent study from the University of Michigan showed that people who socialize, spend time talking with people, have sharper memories and intellect. The more social contact, the higher the level of mental function. This research is to be published in the February issue of Personality and Social Psychology bulletin. We’ve often heard that doing crossword puzzles or Sudoku is good exercise for the brain, but now there is scientific proof that a simple conversation can have the same effect! So, go ahead and pick up that phone and call a friend, spend a little time catching up with your neighbor when you’re getting the mail, engage in some good old-fashioned chit-chat as you go about your day. Besides being good for the mind, it’s good for the spirit to connect with people, too.