In which direction is the bus pictured below traveling, left or right?If you do not know the answer, scroll down smiley

Have
you ever experienced how difficult is to concentrate and specially have new,
fresh thought if your stomach is very full? New research shows that you will
feel better and preforme more effectivly if you keep 20% of your stomach empty at
all times.
Why is that?

First
of all, it takes a lot of willpower to keep your stomach 20% empty at all
times. It takes even more willpower to eat slowly, consciously, paying
attention to each smell, each taste, each texture sliding down your tongue and
throat. But when your brain (it is your brain, not your body – your stomach
hates to be so full and work very, very hard to digest), learns to enjoy the
emptiness and the silence, it starts to explore new things. It is where
creativity emerges – where there is empty space for the unexpected.

 And
it doesn’t just apply to eating. It applies to the way we work, live and
create.

Yet
the empty space can be very uncomfortable, because we do not know what the
future holds. That makes us awake and aware. It sharpens our instincts and
forces us to trust our intuition. In empty space lies potential. All that is
not, can be.

In a study published in the journal Science,
researchers placed participants in a room by themselves for six to 15 minutes
with nothing to do but think. Many of the people from the study found the
experience so “unpleasant” that they would choose electric shocks the
next time around rather than experience the boredom all over again.

While
being bored is torturous for some, various studies have found that boredom
fuels creativity because it allows our minds to wander. In another study,
psychologists at the University of Central Lancashire had participants from one
group copy numbers out of a telephone book for 15 minutes while participants
from another group were assigned a more creative task. Next, when both groups
were asked to come up with different uses for a polystyrene cup, the group that
copied numbers from the telephone book came up with the most uses.

Google
applies this principle in their 80-20 rule. Keeping your employees 20% empty at
all times gives them the space to create something unexpected. If you keep them
busy constantly, they won’t have the time or space to be bored, be relaxed, be
open to a simple human discovery.



Being bored is uncomfortable and even scary.

What would happend if we left a little empty space in our daily lives?

Isn’t
it worth a tiny bit of discomfort to discover the unknown? In a world that
increasingly values creativity and innovative thinking, reducing what you
consume to increase what you produce can only be a worthy endeavor
.

Creativity emerges out of a quiet emptiness and the discomfort you might be experiencing is actually fueling your creativity.

 So
what’s stopping you from finding out? You can start today, no matter who or
where you are. Just keep 20% of your stomach empty at all times. Who knows what
potential your creativity has?!

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So, in
which direction is the bus traveling, left or right?

Look carefully at the picture. The only possible answers are “left” or “right.

Think about it and don’t get frustrated of how the bus
looks like.

This is the visual logic test for the pre-schoolers. Their answer is:“to the left.”

When asked:“Why do you think the bus is traveling in
the left direction?”,
they answer: “Because you can’t see the door.”

Sources: https://www.americanexpress.com/us/small-business/openforum/articles/how-being-bored-and-tired-can-improve-your-creativity/

Amela Koluder / OSLO