Happy New Year! If you are one to make New Year’s resolutions and haven’t made any for 2021 might I suggest improving your mental capacity and removing your tendencies to indolence and inefficiency with Pelmanism.

Developed by William Ennever and marketed via newspaper advertising from the late 1890s through the 1920s, the Pelman System of Mind and Memory Training was promoted as a system of scientific and mental training that could “rapidly and permanently banish” maladies such as “lack of ideas, brain fag, inertia, and indefiniteness.” Pelmanism was far more than curing bad habits, however. It also promised to make and keep “your brain keen, fresh, vigilant and self-reliant, and to develop valuable positive qualities.”

So, maybe it is time to start Pelmanizing again? The Pelman Institute of America apparently still exists – at least as an amazon.com vendor – and sells intriguing sounding books like Pelmanism, a Whole New Mind: Change Your Brain, Change Your Life as well as classic reprints of original 1919 works by William Ennever himself. What have you got to lose? You will probably be in lockdown or partial lockdown for a while still and need something to do.

If you give Pelmanism a try please let me know how it works out for you.

All the best for 2021. Let’s hope it is better than 2020.

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