Walk to Boost Your Creative Thinking: Quick Tip 3

Walking boosts creativity in real time and shortly after. Following being seated, participants scored higher on creativity tests. Walking outside had the most impact. At the same time, a treadmill still increased creativity. The paper titled “Give Your Ideas Some Legs: The Positive Effect of Walking on Creative Thinking” was published in The Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition.

I live in Baltimore City, so I walk to the gym and to stores when I have time. It’s one of my favorite things about living in the city. Now that I commute to the suburbs for work, I really miss working in the city where I could walk and browse stores on my lunch breaks

Do you take regular walks and does that help you?

Brian E. Young is a graphic designer and artist in Baltimore, MD.

Pay more attention to color in your life: Quick Tip 2

Try this. Notice the colors around you.

Challenge yourself to notice the colors you interact with in your daily life. Color is linked with psychological and cultural effects. Red colored pills work better as depressants depending on the culture. Maybe patients expect red pills to be better and that changes the placebo effect. Colors influences our moods. My voice mail message asks people to leave their name, number and favorite color. I often forget this until I hear an unexpected “My favorite color is orange!” At the end of an professional message

Have you tried paying more attention to color? Did notice anything interesting?

Brian E. Young is a graphic designer and artist in Baltimore, MD.

Meditation Apps: Quick Tip 1

Try this. Meditation apps.

Individuals found more solutions for a problem when meditating. This experiment was published in Mindfulness. It works only for meditation allowing for all thoughts and sensation. It didn’t work when focusing on a particular thought or object.

I use Headspace and Stop Breath Think, and Bhuddify.

What’s your favorite meditation app?

Brian E. Young is a graphic designer and artist in Baltimore, MD.