6 Proven Ways to be More Creative [Infographic]
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CREATIVEGO FOR A WALKGoing for a walk can be a huge creativity booster.Great minds such as Friedrich Nietzsche, Nicholas Tesla, CharlesDarwin, Aristotle, Steve Jobs were all obsessive walkers.
Theres much scientific evidence linking walking with great ideas.New research indicates walking on a regular basis promotes newconnections between brain cells, improves memory, and staves offusual withering of brain tissue due to aging.
BE OPEN TO NEW EXPERIENCES
According to Scott Barry Kaufman, co-author of Wired to Create:Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind, the #1 thing youcan do to be more creative is to be open to new experiences.
Kaufman says, openness to experience is the number one thing tocultivate for both personal meaningful creativity and worldchanging creativity.
TAKE A SHOWERTheres strong research suggesting that a relaxed state of mind is important forcreative insights. Taking a shower is one of the most relaxing things you cando. In his research for the book, Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries ofthe Creative Mind, Kaufman found that 72% of people have new ideas in theshower.
So next time you really need to come up with new ideas, just take a hot shower.
LIVE IN SOLITUDE FOR A WHILEA little of bit of solitude once in a while is a good thing forcreativity.Heres another excerpt from Wired to Create:Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind:
Research has found that creative people frequently requiresolitude in order to generate interesting new ideas, and then turnto collaboration to spin those ideas into a coherent concept orproduct.
THINK LIKE AN OUTSIDERTheres much speculation about the connection between mentalillness and creativity. Scott Barry Kaufman says you do not needto be mentally ill to be creative but there is some overlap betweenthe relevant traits.
The key takeaway here is that you dont need a mental disorder tobe more creative. You just need to think like an outsider, likesomeone new to your field. This shift in perspective can play a keyrole in boosting your creativity levels.
6 PROVEN WAYS TO BE MORE
DONT GIVE UPCreativity needs persistence. Research indicates more attemptsleads to more creativity.
In an article published in the Journal of Personality and SocialPsychology, Brian Lucas and Loran Nordgren from NorthwesternUniversity used a creativity test to show that persistence is acritical determinant of creative performance and that people mayundervalue and underutilize persistence in everyday creativeproblem solving.
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