If you are like many people, you likely have some memories that are more vivid than others.  Were those vivid memories about your first date? Or a line from your favorite movie?  Do you remember where you were when the first human walked on the moon?  How about the reaction your child had to the first movie you took them to?  Do you remember waiting for and then listening to the newest Beatles’ album—and remembering the order of songs, even to this day? Or do you remember the day you took your driving test and the freedom it gave you?

Thinking about these favorite memories can bring moments of joy and happiness – and relaying them to others can help you keep those memories alive.  Have you ever wondered, though, why some memories are so vivid while others seem so faint?  Or, how you can work to preserve your older memories and savor the new— and perhaps best –memories that are yet to come?

“Part of that ability to keep your memories alive may have to do with whether you are an introvert or an extrovert.” 

Part of that ability to keep your memories alive may have to do with whether you are an introvert or an extrovert.  Some research has shown introverts have richer long-term memories than extroverts do, and may explain why certain people can remember where they were when they saw and heard (on the very snowy black and white TV screen) Neil Armstrong take those first steps and say “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”    

But why do some memories last and others don’t? Have you ever wondered why a friend or family member doesn’t have the same level of recollection or passion that you have about an event or period of time in your lives that you shared?  Emotions may have something to do with this, according to researchers!  You may have an easier time recalling events if you had deep feelings about something, whether those feelings were positive or negative, and how you related at that moment may determine if those will be lasting memories. That may explain why your “misty water-colored memories” from the film “The Way We Were” may evoke as many memories for you as does the famous line “I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse” from “The Godfather” for your best friend!

“Everyone’s memory declines a bit with age.”

Whether you are an extrovert or an introvert – or emotional or not – everyone’s memory declines with age. But, have no fear! There are ways that you can boost your memory. Research shows that taking a super-high level of cocoa flavanols, the plant-based nutrient found in natural cocoa, on a daily basis can improve your memory in just 8 weeks! By  improving blood flow to a part of your brain that’s sensitive to aging, cocoa flavanols keep your brain nourished with the oxygen and nutrients it needs to perform at its best.  But how do you get that many cocoa flavanols into your daily diet? While you could eat 300 grams of dark chocolate — but get a lot of sugar and 1624 calories in the process — another option you might consider is a supplement called CocoaVia™ Memory+ that contains 750 mg of cocoa flavanols per serving, and has been clinically proven to improve 3 different aspects of memory.

So be as introverted or extroverted as you want and show as much or little emotion as you can while you cherish the memories you have and make more by letting the good times roll!

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