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To live a vibrant and fulfilling life, a healthy mind is essential. Losing brain function is unfortunately common as we age, so taking care of it is vital, and just as our bodies benefit from various exercises, our minds can as well. It will continuously either advance or slowly decline, depending on how we choose to use it.

The more we challenge ourselves, the further we can boost and maintain our intelligence, focus and memory. In fact, various Harvard studies highlight the advances that have been made in neuroscience and cognitive fitness, and show that there’s really no reason our minds have to weaken at all as we mature.

Keep your brain in tiptop shape and bring out your inner genius with these seven simple and effective mental exercises:

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