Do you ever wish you were more creative? New research has shown that adults can be primed to become more creative simply by being asked to think like children.
There are many kinds of creativity, including flexible thinking, elaboration of existing ideas, fluency of ideas, and originality.
Intuitively just know it’s true and we view it as a natural state for children. And it is. According to Dr. Stephanie Carlson, an expert on childhood brain development at the University of Minnesota, kids spend as much as 2/3 of their time in non-reality—in imaginative play. Other experts have also noted children’s aptitude for creativity. Albert Einstein famously said, “To stimulate creativity, one must develop the childlike inclination for play.” And even Pablo Picasso said, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”
Do you remember how awesome it was to be a kid? Every day was a new opportunity to play, every person was a potential playmate, and every household item had the ability to be turned into something cool and fun, like a few blankets and chairs becoming a secret fort.
As adults, we can still access that kid inside us and by doing so, infuse our days with joyful, creative energy. One of the well-known principles of yoga, or really any ongoing repetitive endeavor, is to keep a fresh perspective; a beginners mind. Because its such a simple idea, the importance and depth of it sometimes gets underestimated and overlooked.
7 Ways To Cultivate A Playful, Child-Like Mindset
1. Be willing to try and try again and laugh when you fail. There really is no such thing as failure. What many people label failure is really only feedback on how to try again …
So, next time you’re facing a challenge or an issue that you need to solve, let go of some of your self-control, and re-ignite your child-like imagination. Pretend a spoon is a car, or pretend that you are Mickey Mouse or Ronald Reagan. Now look at your problem again, and you’ll find more creative possibilities.In other words, keep in mind that, “People would be more creative if…they prepare like an adult, and also act like a kid.”
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