“Data shows that believing in your ability to recall things impacts your ability to actually do so,” says Green. “It’s similar to sports performance. If you think you’re the worst basketball player in the world, you won’t do well.” So don’t kick yourself when you forget to pay a bill or call your mother. Instead, congratulate yourself on everything you do remember. Also, instead of immediately throwing up your hands when you can’t recall something, stop, think about it and tell yourself, “I know this.” You may just remember. If you don’t, at least you’ll get in the habit of trusting your memory, which may give your memory a boost tomorrow.
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