Beethovenâ€™s Surprisingly Simple Habit for Creative Breakthroughs
Tina Miller, MA,CFLE stashed this in The fact that walking is exercise. It has been well established that exercise is beneficial for thinking creatively. The key seems to be that exercise consistently improves oneâ€™s mood, and further studies on creativity show that working during a strong
Walking is exercise:
Recently, psychologistsÂ took an interesting step (or two) forward in understanding the creative benefits of walking â€”Â aÂ Stanford studyÂ was able to show that walking helped subjects produce more novel ideas and enhancedÂ creative thinkingÂ during the walk and immediately after, compared to sitting.
As the title of the study so humorously points out, walking may be the missing ingredient to consistently give your new ideas some legs. There are a few reasons whyÂ walking is genuinely usefulÂ to the creative process:
- The fact that walking is exercise.Â It has beenÂ well establishedÂ that exercise is beneficial for thinking creatively. The key seems to be that exercise consistently improves oneâ€™s mood, and furtherstudiesÂ on creativity show that working during a strong mood (especially a positive mood) will result in more novel ideas. Although walking isnâ€™t strenuous, it is certainly better than being hunched over in a chair.