In a recent Stanford Business article, neuroeconomist Baba Shiv shares some science behind maximizing creativity.
Turns out the best way to get the most from your creativity is by maintaining high levels of the feel-good chemicals serotonin. Coffee helps too. Shiv explains:
“The path [to higher serotonin] begins with proper rest. A minimum of 30 minutes — but ideally up to 2 hours — of deep sleep reduces cortisol levels and boosts serotonin.…Diet matters, too. A high-protein breakfast is easily converted into serotonin and dopamine, while caffeine is a physiological arouser, meaning it will amplify whatever emotions one is already feeling….Cardiovascular exercise is also critical. When the heart muscles pump faster, they release a peptide believed to help produce serotonin. That means considering a brisk walk before an afternoon meeting — or better yet, walk and talk.”
Read the full article here.
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