50 Ways to Get Smarter About Your Brain

Reader's Digest - - Letters - —Emily Mur­phy King­wood, Texas

Your ar­ti­cle stated that you have more than five senses. It re­minded me of when I was teach­ing my daugh­ter about the senses, and she said there were six. I went through the five senses, and she said, “No, you missed one: the sense of hu­mor!”

The Power of Fake Pills

The ar­ti­cle af­firmed what many moms and kids know: that ap­ply­ing the heal­ing salve of a kiss to a child’s pa­per cut or skinned el­bow or knee re­ally works! —Teri Is­mail Tal­la­has­see, Florida

Wake Up Smarter

So the sounds of a wa­ter­fall or heavy rain are sup­posed to help me sleep? No, but they do give me a lot of ex­er­cise go­ing back and forth to the bath­room. And back. And forth. And back. And forth. Maybe all the walk­ing is sup­posed to tire me out.

—Shari Prange Bonny Doon, Cal­i­for­nia

Ev­ery­day Heroes

Af­ter read­ing “The Five-fin­gers Club,” I was re­minded of sev­eral pro ath­letes who had one arm/hand: Boid Buie, a Har­lem Glo­be­trot­ter; El­lis Jones, an NFL line­man; Tom Dempsey, a kicker with the New Or­leans Saints, who was born with­out toes and fin­gers on his right foot and hand; and MLB play­ers Pete Gray and Jim Ab­bott. Young ath­letes should re­ceive all the en­cour­age­ment in the world to play sports and at­tempt other feats. The lack of a hand should not stop them. —Andy Pittman Col­lege Sta­tion, Texas

Fas­ci­nat­ing Facts About Un­seen Cities

I won­der whether any­one has ever used lidar to look for At­lantis, the fa­bled is­land that is said to have sunk to the bot­tom of the At­lantic Ocean. There’s al­ways a pos­si­bil­ity of a myth be­com­ing an ac­tu­al­ity! —Suzanne Evans San Jose, Cal­i­for­nia

A Foot­ball Fam­ily Lets Go of a Dream

I can’t help but won­der about the coach of the op­pos­ing team and the ref­eree. Seems they both bear some

re­spon­si­bil­ity for 11-year-old Bro­gan Cal­laghan’s brain in­jury dur­ing a foot­ball game. The coach shouldn’t have con­doned his player’s il­le­gal hits, and the ref should’ve called it the first time it hap­pened. My sym­pa­thies to Bro­gan and his fam­ily. —Wendy Steele Chelsea, Alabama

Your True Sto­ries

Your story of the lost wed­ding ring was very close to what hap­pened to me. One day, I saw that the di­a­mond was miss­ing from my en­gage­ment ring. I was sure we were go­ing to have to get a new stone. Well, lo and be­hold, the next day I was vac­u­um­ing, and what did I see on the car­pet? Yes, my di­a­mond—and it is a small one. The jew­eler set it with a new prong, and I still have my orig­i­nal ring. This year, it is 53 years old. —Sylvia Strickland Goose Creek, South Carolina

This Smart­phone Fea­ture Could Save Your Life

If only more peo­ple would use the Med­i­cal ID fea­ture, first re­spon­ders could do their jobs more ef­fec­tively. It would save lives and re­lieve pres­sure on fam­ily mem­bers to re­mem­ber im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion in a des­per­ate, emo­tional sit­u­a­tion. I have used Med­i­cal ID for two years and al­ways up­date the in­for­ma­tion when changes hap­pen. —Janet lit­tle Ga­hanna, Ohio

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