Creative walking

November 30, 2022

Walking supports creativity. If you are a freelance creative or creativity is crucial to your work, it makes good sense to incorporate walks into your work routine.

“Walking opens up the free flow of ideas, and it is a simple and robust solution to the goals of increasing creativity,” explains the scientific paper Give Your Ideas Some Legs: The Positive Effect of Walking on Creative Thinking, recently re-published with useful comments by Fermat’s Library:

People have noted that walking seems to have a special relation to creativity. The philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche wrote: “All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.” The current research puts such observations on solid footing. Four studies demonstrate that walking increases creative ideation. The effect is not simply due to the increased perceptual stimulation of moving through an environment, but rather it is due to walking. Whether one is outdoors or on a treadmill, walking improves the generation of novel-yet-appropriate ideas, and the effect even extends to when people sit down to do their creative work shortly after.

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