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Think clearer with silence

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If you want to boost your brain power, all it may take is closing your mouth—and shutting off any noise—for a set amount of time each day.

Two hours of silence each day prompts cell development in the hip­­po­­campus, the part of your brain related to memory, according to a recent Duke University study.

Researchers believe that the absence of sound is so different than what we are accustomed to that it can actually make us more alert and focused.

Takeaway: Find time each day to block off a daily hour of complete quiet. Silence your phone, close the door, turn off all the alerts that tend to distract you, and simply work in silence. You’ll likely be surprised by how much you accomplish during that time.

— Adapted from “Want to Boost Your Brain Power? Get Silent,” Damon Brown, Inc., www.inc.com.

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