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Contemplation can help problem-solving and boost creativity, study claims

By Kate Connolly

05 Aug 2022 · 2 min read

Editor's Note

You should read this because struggling to get focused post-lunch might not be such a bad thing. Let your mind wander...

Losing oneself in one’s thoughts or letting the mind wander is an underrated activity that is more rewarding the more it is practised, an academic study has claimed.

Psychologists who studied a group of more than 250 people encouraged to engage in directionless contemplation or free-floating thinking said that the activity was far more satisfying than the participants had anticipated.

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