According to a new study, people who exercise regularly are more creative than those who don’t, and hitting the gym can measurably boost your ability to think outside the box. While we certainly don’t disagree with these findings — who hasn’t experienced a creative breakthrough in the middle of yoga class? — we also know that you need more than a daily elliptical session to stay inspired. If you’re in a rut or in need of creativity boost but don’t feel like hitting the gym (or even leaving your couch), don’t worry, you’ve got options. Here are a whole bunch of weird, wonderful ways to boost your creativity, personally tested and approved not by science, but by us. Hey, whatever works! Keep reading »
With the economy in such a dismal state, mocking people with art degrees has practically become a national pastime. After all, it gives everyone else a way to feel smug as they melt into financial ruin at the ripe age of 23. “Sure, things are shitty,” they muse. “It’s true that I have to move back in with my parents and I hate my job at Best Buy, but at least I majored in finance and didn’t waste $80,000 on art school tuition.” (Pats back.)
Think again, bro. Your superiority is a built on a lie. A new study is making that very clear with results that show art degree holders actually do have jobs, and good ones at that. That’s right, the very basis of all the validation you’ve ever had in doing what you’re “supposed” to do is kind of just wrong. Just as the cliches go, it turns out that doing what you love in life really does allow you to thrive. Keep reading »
If you’re working on a project that demands a burst of inspiration, try turning down the lights. So say German researchers who conclude that “darkness increases freedom from constraints, which in turn promotes creativity,” reports Pacific Standard, picking up on a study in the Journal of Environmental Psychology. The researchers put test subjects in rooms with dim, normal, and bright lighting and found that the first group performed best on problems that required outside-the-box thinking. Read more on Newser…
With Mother’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about the perfect gift to match your mom’s unique lifestyle. If your mom is happiest when she’s covered in paint, sculpting with clay, or writing her latest collection of poetry, then you probably have what I like to refer to as an Artsy Fartsy Mom. Here are six gift ideas to delight and inspire those creative mommas out there …
According to a new study done in the Netherlands, stimulating your creativity is much easier than you thought. The study found that preparing your breakfast in reverse order can make a person more creative. Like putting your milk in the bowl before your cereal. Researchers found that when participants shook up their breakfast making routines that it helped break cognitive patterns and triggered more flexible, innovative and creative thinking. The same goes for the rest of your day. The study found that any kind of active involvement in an unusual or unconventional event triggers creativity. Not watching an unusual event, but actually participating in one. I’m so on board with this. Almond milk, you will now come before Kashi. [Miller McCune]
Whether you’re bored on a rainy day, going through a heartbreak, feeling creative, or simply want to spruce up your living space, this book of crafts will give you loads of ideas! Author Mark Montano gives you instructions to create crafts for inside and outside the home in The Big-Ass Book of Crafts. The book is divided into different sections, including Outdoorsy, Dishing It Out, and You’ve Been Framed. Even if you’re not the naturally creative type, you’ll have fun exploring your inner-craft diva with these projects that are perfect for all skill levels.