5 Simple Ways To Boost Creativity

5 Simple Ways To Boost Creativity

There’s nothing worse than that dull sense of “huh?” when you should be blazing fiercely with ideas.

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I’ve tried weeping, hot baths, and whining to The Todd, but it’s time for some fresh ways to boost creativity.  You ready?


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5 Simple Ways To Boost Creativity

10 Minutes or Less
  • Listen to music. Jamming out stimulates the part of our brain that controls motor actions, emotions, and creativity [. Classical music might give us an extra boost: According to “The Mozart Effect,” listening to Mozart’s work can increase creativity, concentration, and other cognitive functions.
  • Write by hand. Drs. Carrie and Alton Barron, authors of The Creativity Cure, advise us to skip the Microsoft Word doc and pick up a pen instead. Sometimes the whole experience of writing by hand — the ink on our fingers, the smell of a fresh notebook — is all it takes to get our creative juices flowing.
  • Free-associate. Try this game: Open the dictionary to a random word and write down everything it makes you think of. Perhaps surprisingly, freedom can actually slow you down, a little restriction (like focusing on one word instead all kajillion of them) lets us think more freely.
  • Exercise. According to the Barrons, when we’re physically active, the body loosens up and our mind is a little freer. So it’s easier to come up with solutions to problems and think of new ideas.
  • Try something new. Doing things out of habit tends to undermine creative thought; on the other hand, going out of your comfort zone  is associated with creativity (and overall well-being). Even something as simple as taking a new route to work or experimenting with a cool recipe counts.

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