The basic principle of mnemonics is to use as many of the best functions of your brain as possible to store information."
The brain is an amazing thing, to state it mildly. It has the capability to process many, many functions such as emotions, the five senses (sight, taste, touch, sound and smell), images, colors, etc. Our minds can perform many skills. Mnemonics, or mind tools, will help our minds apply more of these skills. Memory Techniques suggests tools that will help the mind recall facts and information better, faster and more accurately. The article mentions the technique of using positive, happy, and pleasant images as "the brain often blocks out unpleasant ones". It also suggests for individuals to "use all your senses to code information or dress up an image. Remember that your mnemonic can contain sounds, smells, tastes, touch, movements and feelings as well as pictures." These techniques will help improve memory.
I have applied the techniques of using positive and pleasant images, along with using all five senses, to dress up an image to help improve my memory many times. I find that this can be used in all areas of life whether professional or personal. For instance, many times we get too busy and forget to make time to visit or call family members.