Shower and Creativity

Shower and Creativity


People generally have great ideas in the shower that bring a high creativity level.


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Alice Flaherty, one of the most renowned neuroscientists researching creativity, explains that dopamine is very important for us to be creative. The more dopamine that is released, the more creative we are. She says: "People vary in terms of their level of creative drive to the activity of the dopamine pathways of the limbic system."

Typical triggers for events that make us feel great and relaxed and therefore increase dopamine flow are taking a warm shower, exercising, driving home, etc. The chances of having great ideas then are a lot higher.

Dopamine alone, which gets triggered in hundreds of events where we aren't very creative, can't be the only reason. Another crucial factor is a distraction, says Harvard researcher Carson: "In other words, a distraction may provide the break you need to disengage from a fixation on the ineffective solution.''

Lastly, after receiving an influx of dopamine, you can be easily distracted by an extremely habitual task like showering or cooking. A relaxed state of mind is absolutely important to be creative, says Jonah Lehrer.

So this seems to be the magic combination: If you are in a relaxed state of mind, easy to distract, and full of dopamine, your brain is most likely to give you your best, most creative ideas.


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