I recently started playing a little mind game with myself. It goes like this ... I start off by asking myself the question: Do you remember when (insert event or activity)?
This is different from the phrase "Do you remember where (you put your keys/you saw that article/you met that person, e.g.)?" and is also different from the phrase "Do you remember if (you let the dogs in/let the dogs out/bought milk/switched the laundry, e.g.)?"
The phrase "Do you remember when (insert)?" is less of a burden, less inclined to lead me to believe that I am suffering from early onset Alzheimer's, and definitely more likely to lead to a successfuly memory.
Some of my favorite recent "Do you remember when (insert)?"'s are the following:
1. Do you remember when ... you stayed up all night to finish an exam that wasn't due until a week later?
2. You stayed up all night with friends in NYC before going to work the next day?
3. You rented a hotel room in high school that your parents never found out about?
4. You found out you were pregnant for the first time?
5. Bill asked you to marry him?
6. You lost your virginity (these are examples, in completely random order ....)
7. Your sister was on the telephone to tell you Dad had had a heart attack?
8. You found out you were having a girl and not a third boy?
9. You finished the marathon?
10. You started believing that you actually cook fairly well?
And so on.
Nothing earth shattering. But then everyday revelations about yourself rarely are.
I highly recommend this little exercise. It can make an otherwise boring, winter day seem downright warm and sunny. Enjoy.