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How to have more eureka moments

How to have more eureka moments

First, you need to have fully explored the problem at hand. Only when you reach a dead-end are you at a place to solve the problem subconsciously.

  • Seek solitude, such as when showering, running, or driving the car. Allow your mind to wander freely.
  • Sit with the idea. Let the problem ruminate overnight or for a few days or weeks.
  • Get some sleep. Sleep processes and consolidates previous events.
  • Seek inspiration. For example, visit art galleries, walk in nature, listen to music, write in a journal.

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A Eureka moment, also known as that "Aha!" moment, is that sudden realisation that you found a solution to a problem.

Eureka loosely translates to "I have found it!" It is that sudden clarity you feel at solving a puzzle or understanding a problem. Eureka moments appear out of nowhere when you are not consciously thinking about the problem.

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Scientists found that memory cues and sleep can cause eureka moments. Researchers also agree that some period of incubation is often necessary before the eureka moment can happen. During the incubation period, your mind should roam freely, such as when showering or gardening.

By creating the right environment, you can encourage your brain to enter the incubation period that can increase your chances of finding a solution.

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The 'Eureka' moment

Eureka moments may seem unpredictable and unreplicable. But there are ways to coax these inspired ideas from their hiding places. One of the best is to take a break from thinking about a problem or dilemma.

They are linked to the story of Archimedes and the gold crown ( when he realized while taking a bath that he can use displaced water to assess the density of the king's crown and, therefore, its gold content).

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Famous Eureka Moments

The falling apple has caused physicist Isaac Newton to formulate his laws of gravity. Archimedes took a bath and figured out how to calculate volume and density.

Anna Marie Roos, a historian of science, advises us to take these eureka moments with a grain of salt. However, she thinks they give insight into the creative process.

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The Incubation Period

That’s a scientifically recognized phenomenon where an idea is unconsciously worked out by the brain. It often happens when we are trying to solve a hard problem and take a break to do an unrelated task.

Concentrating harder won't force the 'eureka moment' when you're experiencing a mental block.

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