Need a creative solution? Go play some ping-pong

03/21/2012 | National Public Radio (text and audio)

Creative breakthroughs tend to happen when you stop looking for them and allow your mind to clear, says Jonah Lehrer, author of "Imagine: How Creativity Works." That means that "chugging caffeine at your desk and chaining yourself to your computer" is usually counterproductive. "You may look productive, but you're actually wasting time. Instead ... you should find a way to relax," Lehrer says.

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