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Go fishing: It is your prescription for clear thinking and creativity

Published December 31, 2012 4:47 pm

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Some people are calling it a "duh" story and to some point I have to agree with them. At the same time, it might be one of the most important stories I've written.I'm talking about a University of Utah psychology professor's research, albeit a low number of participants thus far, that shows spending time in nature leads to clear thinking and more creativity. That is the "duh" part, or maybe not. Some of the people commenting on the story sure don't get it or maybe they are just being instigators as has been known to happen on comment threads.Whether you realize it or not we all inherently crave to be in nature. People like my buddy Vince will deny that he in fact craves it, but that is only because he has become so distracted with technology that he has managed to ignore it. But I refuse to let technology steal my creative friend so I took him fly fishing. He loved it and I saw a smile on his face that day that I'm not sure I've seen before. That trips was awhile ago though and it probably time to do it again.So listen to your brain and your muse and make an effort to get yourself, and perhaps even more importantly your children, outside in any capacity. For me that usually means fishing (like ice fishing in this scene from Flaming Gorge by DWR biologist Matt McKell) or hiking, but it could be anything. Just remember to turn off that device.