Memories make us.
In our rushed lives, we hold memories even more dear. For good!
Memory is essential to all our lives. Without a memory of the past, we cannot operate in the present or think about the future. Because, if we couldn’t recall the who, what, where, and when of our everyday lives, we wouldn’t be able to “function”.
We create our memories in three stages:
- Encoding: This is the step where our brain processes information to prepare it for storing. For example, a word which is seen (in a book) may be stored if it is changed (encoded) into a sound or a meaning.
All input/information needs to be encoded to a picture, sound or a meaning for us to be able to remember it. Surprisingly, this is also needed for feelings or sensory input.
- Storing: Only information that we store in our long term memory can stay for a lifetime. All that stays in our short term memory gets lost after a few seconds. What’s more, memory is malleable–and it tends to decay with age.
- Retrieving: This is how we get the information out of our storage. So, if you can’t remember something. Don´t worry it may only because you are unable to retrieve it.
To get something out of our short term memory, we need to remember the sequences e.g. when we need to do it or the order in which we do things. However, the long term memory is operated by association. So we need a mental connection between events, or feelings that usually stems from the specific experiences we made.
So stay sharp by keeping your memories and keep taking pictures, sounds and videos in your smartphones. It will boost your associations and memories and makes you happy!