5 Exercises To Get The Creative Juices Flowing
Some of us are better at making new connections between concepts. But this is in most cases the result of hard, deliberate work, not an accident of birth.
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Doing something intricate with your hands – a Rubik’s Cube, squeezing a ball, fiddling with dice – excites various parts of your brain and might actively change the way you are thinking.
Listening to music can have considerable effects on the physical architecture of the brain: it can facilitate a stronger connection between the left and right hemispheres of the brain.
And having better connections between the analytical and creative sides of the brain can only make you a more creative person.
Throwing a ball around makes people feel more interconnected and takes your mind off everything else – including the problem you’ve been stuck on for the last hours.
The subject matter is irrelevant. What’s important is that you think about mundane things (your day, your job, etc) in a new, abstract way.
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Moderate noise cultivates creativity, too loud or fast music leaves you hyperstimulated, while complete silence makes your brain bored.
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