“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.” – Sophia Loren
But every now and then, either the fountain seems to run dry, or we find it difficult to tap into. Life and its pressures come in the way of creativity.
For those unhappy times, I can suggest a tremendously enjoyable solution: Take a hike.
Yes, believe it or not, a jaunt outdoors can get those creative juices flowing fast and easy!
There is proof of this, too. Researchers at the University of Kansas divided 56 men and women subjects into two groups. One group took a creative intelligence test before taking a four-day hike. The second group took the same test after returning from a four-day hike—they were sent into the wilderness of Colorado, Maine and Alaska.
Guess what? The second group did 50% better than the first one on the test.
Reflect on this study a bit, and you will realize the findings are not surprising, actually. After all, what other stress-free zone can compete with nature, where you are free to disconnect from the world and reconnect with yourself.
In scientific terms, stepping out into nature activates the pre-frontal cortex of the brain, which restores attention and allows you to focus.
So, forget those emails and phone calls; just enjoy some time out in the forests or hills. Upon return, you are sure to feel fresh ideas bubble up.