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How can your mind become more flexible?

Routine thinking can weaken the imagination and flow of new ideas. You can resist stagnation by challenging your mental comfort zone and training your brain to become more dynamic.

SCIENCE SAYS:

When making decisions, people often gravitate toward easy options. This one-dimensional thinking stifles fluid intelligence — how flexibly you use what you know and apply learning in new ways. Resisting the status quo and seeking out new options strengthens creativity.

BEGIN BY:

  • Asking questions that explore a new point of view
  • Trying new foods, places, pathways, games and other activities
  • Devising multiple possible solutions to one challenging problem
  • Trying new steps or sequences in completing an everyday activity

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