Tuesday, April 29, 2014

These Brains Were Made for…


This just in from Stanford —

Walking boosts creative inspiration!

Clever researchers Marily Oppezzo and Daniel L. Schwartz examined the creative output of folks who walked vs. folks who sat around.

They found that a person’s creative output increases by an average of 60% when walking.

What’s more, the effect held up whether the subject was walking outside in a stimulating environment or on a treadmill staring at a blank wall.

This last finding was a big surprise to Oppezzo. "I thought walking outside would blow everything out of the water, but walking on a treadmill in a small, boring room still had strong results,” she said.

And with increased creative output in the robust 60% range, you could say this study has some serious legs!

But writers already know this, don’t we?

In fact, you could say we've known it for over a century…

“Me thinks that the moment my legs begin to move,
my thoughts begin to flow.”
― Henry David Thoreau

“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche

 “Nothing like a nighttime stroll to give you ideas.”
― J.K. Rowling

Write on!

PROMPT:     Take a ramble or stroll — see what is does for you.
But be sure to pack a pen and a page or two!

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