Another little sermon on the benefits of creative activities.
Today's food for thought: The power of doodling!The simple spontaneous act of making marks, often in the margins of whatever one is really supposed to be working on — is more than a humble distraction. It has the ability to deliver some pretty awesome benefits. Here's just a few:
1.) Helps Big-Picture Thinking
When you’re too focused on something you tend to overthink. This can lead you to focus on details that aren’t particularly important and cause you to miss the big picture. Jesse Prinz, a professor at City University of New York, suggests next time you feel yourself drowning in details, stop for a moment and create a doodle that represents whatever it is that you’re working on. It’s highly likely that you’ll find yourself regaining perspective.
2.) Doodling Alleviates Stress.Doodling
The rhythmic and repetitive motion of drawing helps synchronize hand and eye, body and mind, and can be used to elicit what Harvard cardiologist, Herbert Benson, has identified as the relaxation response.Yep. Studies show doodling induces a physical state of deep rest and an alternative to stress’s fight-or-flight response. It can actually decrease our blood pressure, diminished respiratory rate, and lower our pulse rate!
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