• mahabis guide // does coffee boost creativity?

 

There’s nothing better than a steaming hot cup of coffee to wake us up in the morning, another one half way through the morning to help retain our focus at our desk, and perhaps a third several hours later for an afternoon energy boost. But can your daily coffee fix also enhance your creativity?

The studies are mixed. There are decidedly two camps in the argument, one recommending caffeine for a creative spurt and the other insisting that coffee actually stifles creativity. Coffee has certainly been the drink of choice for many famous artists, musicians and writers over the years, and there is no doubt that it is a stimulant. But can a simple Cup of Joe really make you a more creative person?

 

mahabis guide // coffee culture

 

A recent piece in The New Yorker by Maria Konnikova (‘How Caffeine Can Cramp Creativity’) argues that drinking coffee can actually make us too focused. Our most creative ideas tend to occur when our mind is wandering and we are subsequently less focused. When we attempt to concentrate on a problem in hand, aided by extra stimulation from caffeine, it can have a detrimental impact on our creative thought process.

However, it’s no secret that drinking coffee (in moderation) each day boosts our energy levels and makes us feel more awake. Caffeine can also aid our concentration, enhance our performances (both physical and mental) and aid our decision making processes. It helps with initiative, commitment and self-doubt – barriers that need to be broken down in order to think creatively.

 

coffee // mahabis journal

 

Perhaps the main benefit of drinking coffee for a creative boost, however, is more to do with the rituals and routines involved, rather than with the substance itself. Getting together with a colleague for a meeting over coffee, pouring yourself the perfect drip brew before settling down to your laptop, taking a coffee break when you start to feel overwhelmed and uninspired at your desk; it is often the association with preparing a cup of coffee that reinvigorates your brain to spark creative thoughts. Having daily rituals is an essential part of the creative process, after all.

So, perhaps the creative boost happens before you even take a sip of coffee. The association with taking a break, the routine of making your perfect brew in your preferred method, the way your mind drifts when you’re sat in a bustling coffee shop waiting for your drink to cool; these all spark creative thoughts.

 

coffee and laptop // mahabis journal

 

Studies have shown that a certain amount of ambient background noise is a much better cue for creativity than complete silence. Picture the scene: perched on a stool in a busy café, your drink steaming on the table and a pen in your hand. Throughout the ages, writers have retreated to coffee shops to write award-winning tomes, for the atmosphere as much for the caffeine. Being surrounded by sounds, sights, tastes and smells can only encourage creative thoughts.

And what happens once those creative thoughts have sparked and your mind begins wandering? You start to sip your cup of coffee and become gradually more and more focused, perfectly poised to put pen to paper and write down your thoughts.

 

mahabis guide // caffeine and creativity  

Perhaps this is the solution: placing yourself in an environment that encourages creativity, then drinking your coffee as the second stage in the creative process, helping you to streamline all of the thoughts that are firing around your brain. Perhaps a cup of coffee is the focus that you need to channel your thoughts, and it is the environment in which you drink it in that sparks the initial creativity.

 

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mahabis guide // does coffee boost creativity?

 

There’s nothing better than a steaming hot cup of coffee to wake us up in the morning, another one half way through the morning to help retain our focus at our desk, and perhaps a third several hours later for an afternoon energy boost. But can your daily coffee fix also enhance your creativity?

The studies are mixed. There are decidedly two camps in the argument, one recommending caffeine for a creative spurt and the other insisting that coffee actually stifles creativity. Coffee has certainly been the drink of choice for many famous artists, musicians and writers over the years, and there is no doubt that it is a stimulant. But can a simple Cup of Joe really make you a more creative person?

 

mahabis guide // coffee culture

 

A recent piece in The New Yorker by Maria Konnikova (‘How Caffeine Can Cramp Creativity’) argues that drinking coffee can actually make us too focused. Our most creative ideas tend to occur when our mind is wandering and we are subsequently less focused. When we attempt to concentrate on a problem in hand, aided by extra stimulation from caffeine, it can have a detrimental impact on our creative thought process.

However, it’s no secret that drinking coffee (in moderation) each day boosts our energy levels and makes us feel more awake. Caffeine can also aid our concentration, enhance our performances (both physical and mental) and aid our decision making processes. It helps with initiative, commitment and self-doubt – barriers that need to be broken down in order to think creatively.

 

coffee // mahabis journal

 

Perhaps the main benefit of drinking coffee for a creative boost, however, is more to do with the rituals and routines involved, rather than with the substance itself. Getting together with a colleague for a meeting over coffee, pouring yourself the perfect drip brew before settling down to your laptop, taking a coffee break when you start to feel overwhelmed and uninspired at your desk; it is often the association with preparing a cup of coffee that reinvigorates your brain to spark creative thoughts. Having daily rituals is an essential part of the creative process, after all.

So, perhaps the creative boost happens before you even take a sip of coffee. The association with taking a break, the routine of making your perfect brew in your preferred method, the way your mind drifts when you’re sat in a bustling coffee shop waiting for your drink to cool; these all spark creative thoughts.

 

coffee and laptop // mahabis journal

 

Studies have shown that a certain amount of ambient background noise is a much better cue for creativity than complete silence. Picture the scene: perched on a stool in a busy café, your drink steaming on the table and a pen in your hand. Throughout the ages, writers have retreated to coffee shops to write award-winning tomes, for the atmosphere as much for the caffeine. Being surrounded by sounds, sights, tastes and smells can only encourage creative thoughts.

And what happens once those creative thoughts have sparked and your mind begins wandering? You start to sip your cup of coffee and become gradually more and more focused, perfectly poised to put pen to paper and write down your thoughts.

 

mahabis guide // caffeine and creativity  

Perhaps this is the solution: placing yourself in an environment that encourages creativity, then drinking your coffee as the second stage in the creative process, helping you to streamline all of the thoughts that are firing around your brain. Perhaps a cup of coffee is the focus that you need to channel your thoughts, and it is the environment in which you drink it in that sparks the initial creativity.

 

If you enjoyed reading our post, feel free to tweet it via our ready-to-go tweet link.

 

photos via: unsplash, life of pix, marcus spiske, bench accounting, kaboompics
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