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A Surprising (and Fun!) Way to Kickstart Your Creativity

A Surprising (and Fun!) Way to Kickstart Your Creativity

“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.

 

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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).

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8:50PM PST on Nov 30, 2013

not surprising

12:08PM PST on Nov 22, 2013

interesting

4:30AM PST on Nov 21, 2013

I loveee being creative =]]

12:37AM PST on Nov 17, 2013

Thanks for this very important info

3:15PM PST on Nov 16, 2013

TYFS

11:27AM PST on Nov 15, 2013

Nature restores the soul and the imagination! Thank you for the wonderful advice!

4:54PM PST on Nov 14, 2013

Hiking is good in many ways.

3:22PM PST on Nov 14, 2013

nice reminder

1:10PM PST on Nov 14, 2013

Excellent advice.

4:29AM PST on Nov 14, 2013

thanks for sharing

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