Trigger a Memory
Have you noticed when you smell a certain smell, watch a certain movie, or taste a certain taste, your mind races back to the time of your life when that thing was so dear to you?
- Buy a few things that will appeal to your senses. This can be food, perfume, a song, a certain pair of shoes, a picture, etc.
- Use that something at a certain event. This can be a new boyfriend, a surgery (if you want to remember it), your graduation, a basketball tournament, etc.
- Put away the something once the event is over. Make sure you have some left of the something or that you're able to get your hands on some again.
- At least a year later, take out that something, and use at it. The memory will come right back to you.
- If you had a tradition when you were a kid (for me it was drinking swiss miss hot chocolate when I went on a camp out when I was only a girl with my father), feel free to bring about that memory again by getting that product again.
- Make sure you put away the object, and only take it out if you really need the memory.
- Triggering memories on purpose isn't nearly as fun as having one come as surprise.
- In order to trigger a memory, you need to start a tradition that you only do at a certain time for a certain amount of time. If you wash your hair with coconut shampoo every day, you probably won't be able to trigger a memory with it.