Easy way to up creativity
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.