Easy way to up cre­ativ­ity

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Writ­ing about your dreams— es­pe­cially the ones that don’t make much sense—can boost your in­ven­tive­ness in wak­ing life, say re­searchers re­port­ing in the Jour­nal of Cre­ative Be­hav­ior. They tested sub­jects’ cre­ativ­ity, then tracked them for about a month as the sub­jects main­tained a daily log of their dreams or mem­o­rable hap­pen­ings from the prior day. Fol­low-up scores on the cre­ativ­ity test re­vealed a rise in imag­i­na­tive think­ing for dream di­arists but not their coun­ter­parts. Why? The re­searchers ex­plain re­vis­it­ing non­sen­si­cal dream im­agery loosens peo­ple’s think­ing, al­low­ing them to more read­ily think out­side the box and make new as­so­ci­a­tions.

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