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?


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

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