Thursday, February 26, 2015

Key to Creativity--a good nights sleep

Finding your passion is also about using your creativity. Many of us, do not believe we are creative, but all of us have some hint of creativity. You have probably had experiences of creativity yourself.  Perhaps while talking to a friend, going for a walk or reading a  magazine article, you find yourself suddenly inspired with an idea  that solves a problem totally unrelated to the conversation, scenery  or article That is creativity.

Most of us thing that creativity is about when we generate creative ideas as potential solutions to a problem in an  active way. Active creativity occurs in brainstorming sessions where  we are actively generating ideas; while mind mapping; when we are  sitting at our desks trying to figure out how to make a business presentation more compelling to a client; and in any other situation  where we are actively trying to solve a problem.

In fact, one could argue that all creativity is the result of  previous efforts at active creativity. The author who dreams up an  idea for a novel may not have actively been looking for a new novel  idea. But, since her profession is writing, you can be sure she  frequently does actively seek new ideas.

Likewise, the scientist who, through sudden inspiration, invents a  new chemical or technology or theory, will almost certainly have been  actively looking for such solutions in the past. Indeed, passive  creativity seems to be one approach our mind takes towards solving  problems

Research carried out by the University of Luebeck in Germany found  that sleep seems to be an essential ingredient for creativity, which confirmed what many people have long  suspected: sleeping on a problem can help you solve it more  creatively.

Although the exact process is not clear, it seems that the  biochemical process of the brain restructures memories before storing  them during the night. This restructuring most likely allows our  minds to see problems in new ways and so bring new solutions to them.

Inspiration alone will not give you ideas. You  need to break down your problems into creative challenges and  actively try to solve them. But, if the solution does not come through the usual idea generation channels, one of the best  creativity tools you have available is to put the problem to the side of your mind, so to speak, and give your mind a chance to add new  input and surprise you with passively creative ideas. A good night's  sleep along the way will only help

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