- 72% OF PEOPLE HAVE CREATIVE INSIGHTS IN THE SHOWER.
Scott Barry Kaufman, a cognitive scientist and coauthor of “Wired to Create” described a study he did showing that 72% of people get creative ideas in the shower. According to Kaufman, creativity lies in that space between the inner and outer worlds.
“You need to create that space in your life, and that’s often what happens when we go into the shower,” he said. “It’s one of those few moments when we’re not tied to our devices, so we have that extra space to find connections between ideas. “
Leo Widrich has explained the science of creativity on his Buffer blog. Our brains give us our best ideas when:
- A lot of dopamine is released in our brains. Triggers like exercising, listening to music, and, yes, taking a warm shower, contribute to increased dopamine flow.
- We’re relaxed. When we have a relaxed state of mind, we’re more likely to turn attention inwards, able to make insightful connections. Being drunk and sleepy are also great for creativity.
- We’re distracted. Distraction gives our brains a break so our subconscious can work on a problem more creatively.
2. TRYING NEW THINGS MAKES YOU MORE CREATIVE
You lack motivation when you are not challenged or you are way too comfortable or you are not interested in what you are doing or you are just unhappy and that brings us to this next point. If we are really going to change our lives and the world we live in we have to be willing to feel uncomfortable.
When we try something new, such as learning a new skill, our brains and bodies are challenged. Once stagnant or underused neurotransmitters or muscles are put to use. New experiences trigger the release of dopamine, motivating us, which in turn leads to the creation of new neurons and new neural connections.
We can come up with more creative, new solutions to difficulties we face in our lives and the world as it helps overcoming fear. It open us to new ways of seeing and experiencing the world which can expand our awareness of new ideas and inspiration.
Thus to feed your creativity, you have to step out and try new things. So, shake things up!
3. TRAUMA HAS HIDDEN CREATIVE PROPERTIES.
Some of the most admirable creative minds in modern history have one thing in common: They experienced some kind of major loss or trauma that had an impact on their artistic endeavors. Psychologists call this phenomenon “post-traumatic growth.”
Our perspectives, priorities, and ways of thinking about things shift around profoundly after experiencing a great loss. Post-traumatic growth has been explored in hundreds of scientific studies, including a 2004 study in the Journal of Traumatic Stress showing that 70% of survivors experienced some kind of positive psychological change after a traumatic experience.
4. DAYDREAMING IS SURPRISINGLY GOOD FOR YOUR BRAIN.
Benefits of daydreaming includes enhanced memory, empathy, increased creativity and problem solving ability. Daydreaming is actually a measurable sign of creativity and intelligence.
It turns out your brain may just have too much capacity to stick to one thing at a time.
“People tend to think of mind wandering as something that’s bad,” explains study author Eric Schumacher, PhD, an associate professor of psychology at Georgia Tech. “You try to pay attention and you can’t.”
If your brain has a large capacity for a lot of ideas, the researchers say, your mind will wander when it’s performing a task that’s simply not challenging enough.
5. SOME OF THE BEST IDEAS ARE WIDELY REJECTED BEFORE THEY’RE ACCEPTED.
Many successful inventions endured plenty of public ridicule before becoming wildly popular. And today we can’t live without them like light bulbs, coffee, airplanes and fighter jets, umbrellas, personal computers, taxis and the list can go on and on.
Well, you believe it or not but the discoveries like ‘The Earth is round’, ‘Earth revolves around the sun’, ‘Diseases are spread by germs’, were so fiercely resisted in their time that some of the researchers even lost their life while proving the same.“I do not believe the introduction of motor-cars will ever affect the riding of horses”, Mr. Scott-Montague, MP, in the United Kingdom in 1903.
“I do not believe the introduction of motor-cars will ever affect the riding of horses”, Mr. Scott-Montague, MP, in the United Kingdom in 1903.
“Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?”, H.M. Warner (Warner Brothers) before rejecting a proposal for movies with sound in 1927.
“Who the hell wants to copy a document on plain paper???!!!” Rejection letter in 1940 to Chester Carlson, inventor of the XEROX machine. In fact, over 20 companies rejected his “useless” idea between 1939 and 1944. Today, the Rank Xerox Corporation has
“There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.” Ken Olsen (President, Chairman, and founder of Digital Equipment Corp) in 1977.