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