Acclaimed Author Robert Scanlan to Speak at VSEBT Annual Conference

Acclaimed Author Robert Scanlan to Speak at VSEBT Annual Conference

Robert Scanlan was at the peak of his career with a happy marriage and a big income living the American dream.  Then one day he had strange symptoms and all that changed.  Here is what happened in his own words…

I’ve never been in a hospital before. Checked in today at 6:00 A.M.

At 2:30 P.M. a man introduces himself.
He is about to become my new best friend.

“Your liver is in total failure. We don’t know why. You can’t live without it. There is no cure. No way to fix it.

“We need to find you a new liver to replace the one you have, and the sooner the better. To do that, we need to get you approved for the waiting list. In the meantime, we will do our best to keep you alive day-to-day.”

A soul-searing journey has begun.
My life as I know it… is shredded. The same is true for Marie, my wife of twenty-four years.

Ten years after a successful transplant, I need two additional organ transplants to maintain life.

Were lessons learned from the first transplant? Are they repeatable?
Is the reward worth the suffering?

When all has been lost, can a life be rebuilt? Twice?

 

Robert Scanlan

Robert Scanlan

After experiencing three transplants, Robert Scanlan decided to write down his experiences in order to help others.  His truthful story is laid out without any veneer in “Tigers Under My Bed” a recently released novel that covers his time from first diagnosis to his life today.  The things you will learn from reading it are shocking and helpful at the same time.

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Prior to the release, hospitals, transplant surgeons and patient groups have kept Robert Scanlan in high demand to speak to others to help them through similar circumstances in dealing with traumatic illness, facing death, or being the caregiver in this situation.  Since the publication of the book, Robert Scanlan has been asked to speak to various organizations, including the staff who treated him at the UCLA Medical Center.  Patients, medical staff and their families have all thanked him for his unique narrative which provides insight to what many of us will face in our lives.

Each year, the Valley Schools Employee Benefits Staff (VSEBT) holds an Annual Conference for its members.  This year’s event will be in mid-November.  Guests will be able to hear directly from Robert Scanlan about parts of the healthcare system past, present and future, that few get to understand in such detail until they are thrust into it unprepared.

Robert Scanlan speaking to a group of patients and their families.

Robert Scanlan speaking to a group of patients and their families.

His book is now available on Kindle as well through many hospitals and patient groups.  Prior VSEBT Annual Conference guests have included Dr. Andrew Weil, Congressman John Shadegg, and other prominent leaders in the healthcare industry.  Congratulations to VSEBT for landing such an outstanding speaker for its annual event.

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This year’s event will include other prominent speakers as well.  Tom Boone will start off the event and the Master of Ceremonies will be Tom Elliott.

Stressed By Work-Life Balance? Just Exercise

 Stressed By Work-Life Balance? Just Exercise

Feeling conflicted by the push-pull of work and family life? New research suggests that regular exercise can help balance out those feelings. Researchers examined the responses of 476 working adults who were surveyed about their exercise behavior and their confidence in handling work-family conflicts. Those who exercised regularly seemed to experience an increased feeling of competence that carried over into work and home roles, the study authors said.

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“If, for example, you go for a two-mile jog or walk 10 flights of steps at work and feel good about yourself for doing that, it will translate and carry over into other areas of life,” said study author Russell Clayton, an assistant professor of management at Saint Leo University in Florida. “We found that [participants] who exercised felt good about themselves, that they felt that they could accomplish tough tasks, and that carried over into work and family life,” Clayton added.

Volumes of research have shown that exercise lowers mental and physical stress levels, but few studies have focused on whether this stress reduction helps empower individuals to better manage their work-life balance. Clayton said the study originated as a “pet project” after he realized his own adherence to exercise gave him perspective on integrating work and life. Also involved in the study were researchers from Saint Louis University, University of Houston-Victoria and Illinois State University.

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Clayton acknowledged that the research method the study authors used—having respondents answer questions and then tallying the answers through a mathematical technique—did not offer hard numbers for the results. Just over half (55%) of the study participants were women. In addition, the study noted, participants worked an average of 40 hours weekly and their average age was 41. About 29% had at least one child under age 18 living at home. While the study found a link between physical activity and reports of greater empowerment at home and at work, it did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship. “But the associations between exercise and work-life balance are there, and they’re very strong,” Clayton said.

For those who don’t exercise regularly, the idea of adding that regimen to a busy schedule to improve stress levels may seem counterintuitive, Clayton noted. But he advocates the idea of “stolen moments” for exercise that add up, such as climbing the stairs for five minutes or doing jumping jacks in 30-second spurts. “We hope our research can be a grain of sand in the beach of evidence we have to push corporations…to encourage employees to exercise,” he added.

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Dr. Natalie Digate Muth, spokesperson for the American Council on Exercise, said the study extends the evidence that physical activity offers benefits beyond the obvious. “People should think of it as a kind of investment. If you put some time into physical activity,” said Muth, “you may be active for 30 minutes a day, but the productivity and mental focus you’re going to get out of it is going to far exceed what you put into it, from a work and family perspective.”

Source: WebMD, Inc.

Provided by Rebecca McGonigle from the June 2014 Wellstyles Monthly Newsletter from Valley Schools Employee Benefits Trust (VSEBT)

Because Your Time Matters: Post-Workout Meals in Under 15 Minutes

Because Your Time Matters: Post-Workout Meals in Under 15 Minutes

After the gym, the last thing I want to do is cook — I’m tired and sweaty and ordering takeout just seems easier. But eating the right foods after a workout is essential since it helps the body repair and recover from the hard work it was just put through. Before you give up on the idea of having a healthy, homemade post-workout meal, take a look at these recipes. These meals are a great balance of protein and carbs and take around 15 minutes to prepare!

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Cacao, Banana & Avocado Smoothie

Cacao, Banana & Avocado Smoothie

Cacao, Banana & Avocado Smoothie

Craving something sweet? Try this cacao, banana and avocado smoothie. It’s the ultimate sweet fix. The combination of banana, cacao, dates, avocado, almond milk and almond butter is too incredible as each glass is just so deliciously smooth, rich, creamy and chocolatey. Yet still so wonderfully light and, even better, so speedy to make – literally three minutes from cupboard to cup. It’s like a new and improved take on chocolate milk, just a million times healthier! The over-ripe banana, dates and drop of agave really make this so unbelievably sweet, it’s almost hard to believe that it is natural. Trust me, everyone will love this. It was such a hit in the flat last night that we ended up licking the blender clean! It’s just that good. So sweet, so natural, so easy. Recipes like this really make not eating processed sugar, chocolate and candy too easy. I never would have thought I’d say it, but Haribo, Ben & Jerrys or Cadburys, could never taste more delicious than this.

Avocado may seem like a weird addition to the ingredient list here, but it is the magic ingredient as it makes the smoothie so irresistibly creamy. It really works to replace yoghurt, which would normally be used in smoothies. Not only does the avocado make the texture a trillion times better, but it also really vamps up the health properties of this drink as it is such a super food. One of the most awesome things a bout avocados is that they’ve been shown to really increase the absorption of all the vitamins and minerals of the foods eaten with them, meaning you’ll get even more goodness from all the other ingredients. They’re also great sources of vitamins E, K and B, all of which help to keep your body strong by regulating your metabolism, keeping your bones strong and keeping your skin glowing. As well as having serious anti-inflammatory properties, promoting blood sugar regulation and containing a great portion of fibre. So much goodness in one vegetable!

Cacao, Banana & Avocado Smoothie

Makes 1 large glass:

– 1/2 a cup of almond milk

– 1 really ripe banana

– 1/2 an avocado

– 4 medjool dates

– 2 teaspoons of cacao

– 1 teaspoon of manuka honey

– 1 teaspoon of almond butter

– a few ice cubes

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Peel the banana and avocado, discarding their skins and pit the dates.

Then, simply place all of the ingredients into the blender, blend for 2 minutes until smooth.

Pour, sip and love.

The Zen of Waking Up Early: 10 ways to solidify a morning wakeup ritual

The Zen of Waking Up Early: 10 ways to solidify a morning wakeup ritual

Takeaway: To solidify a morning wakeup ritual, find your “purple pill”, reward yourself when you wake up early, take it easy on yourself in the process, create a nighttime ritual, shut off your devices past a certain time, reduce your exposure to blue light 2-3 hours before bed, stop consuming caffeine 4-6 hours before you sleep, ease into the ritual, anticipate obstacles ahead of time, and be honest with yourself in the process. Whew. 

Estimated Reading Time: 10 minutes, 11s. But it’s pretty skimmable.

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Something worth thinking about before you read this article: waking up early has been shown to have no impact on your socioeconomic standing or productivity. That said, I think waking up early is most definitely a keystone habit that has the potential to create a chain reaction to change and rearrange the other habits in your life. Before you read this article, I think it’s worth seriously thinking about what you want to get out of waking up earlier. Personally, I love the feeling of having worked out, meditated, and planned my day before breakfast, but your mileage may vary.

Since I started A Year of Productivity about ten months ago, I’ve been slowly chipping away at my habits and routines to solidify a ritual to wake up at 5:30 every weekday. And let me say: even though I’ve woken up at 5:30 for the last two months, getting there has been anything but easy.

But I have learned a ton along the way.

The ten methods below have worked better than anything else to help me solidify a morning wakeup ritual. I’ve picked up a few of these strategies through research, but stumbled upon most of them through pure trial and error, and by throwing a bunch of ideas at the wall to see what stuck. Your mileage may vary, but I personally believe that most, if not all, of the items on this list will help you solidify a morning wakeup ritual as well. Good luck!

1. Find your “purple pill”

3102_1784Every morning, right after my alarm clock wakes me up at 5:30, I take two purple creatine (workout) tablets that will help me work out longer. But here’s the thing: the bottle for the tablets clearly states to take them only 30 minutes before a workout, so as soon as I swallow the pills, they become a ticking time bomb that force me to be at the gym for 6. It does the trick every morning.

Even if you don’t have a morning workout ritual, you likely have a similar “purple pill” that will get you out of bed every morning. Here are a few examples:

  • Buy a time-based coffee maker that will automatically brew you a fresh pot of coffee when you want to wake up
  • Drink a huge glass of water right before you go to bed. You won’t have a choice but to get out of bed to use the bathroom in the morning!
  • Don’t check your email past 6pm. If you’re anything like me, you’ll practically spring out of bed to see if you received anything new and exciting

Your mind is a stubborn beast, so often you have to trick it into submission. Finding your “purple pill” is one of my favorite ways to convince my mind to get out of bed every morning.

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2. Reward yourself

When I interviewed Charles Duhigg, the author of The Power of Habit, he talked about how important it is to reward yourself when adopting a new habit. He used the example of exercising more. “Even if you think you want to start exercising, your brain essentially thinks that you’re a liar and that you don’t actually like exercise. So what you have to do is train your brain so it knows that exercise is linked to something you know that you enjoy, like a piece of chocolate, taking a nice long shower, or spending 15 minutes on Facebook. It doesn’t matter what the reward is. What matters is it’s genuinely rewarding, and that you allow yourself to enjoy that reward.”

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Every time you wake up early, reward yourself with something that is genuinely rewarding to you. My reward for waking up early is drinking a coffee. It’s genuinely rewarding to me, which has helped me a ton in solidifying my morning wakeup ritual.

3. Take it easy on yourself

The harder you are on yourself when you integrate a new habit into your life, the less likely that new habit will actually stick. 

For example, think about how a lot of people form a habit to wake up early. They might not have a decent nighttime ritual, so they watch TV until late at night, and wake up tired the next day. Because they didn’t get enough sleep, they drag their feet all day long, are way less productive and happy, and are essentially worse off because they woke up early.

It’s worth repeating: The harder you are on yourself when you integrate a new habit into your life, the less likely that new habit will actually stick. As another example, don’t be hard on yourself when you hit the ‘snooze’ button 10 times in the morning; instead, think about what would make you spring out of bed in the morning, or ask yourself why you’re tired in the first place.

4. Create a solid nighttime ritual

I think when people ritualize waking up early, they have the tendency to focus too much on getting up early, as opposed to heading to bed early. But the two are inseparable–like two sides of the same coin. If you don’t create a solid nighttime ritual to go to bed earlier, you’re going to hate yourself the next day when you wake up early. If you’re average, your body needs a solid eight hours of sleep every night, and getting less than that will discourage you from adopting the ritual.

I personally think your nighttime ritual should include activities that:

  1. Serve as cues that tell your mind that it’s time to head to bed soon
  2. Help your mind rev down before you head to bed

What you include in your nighttime ritual is obviously up to you, but here’s what has worked well for me:

  • 8pm: Put my smartphone and tablet on airplane mode, and put my computer to sleep
  • 8pm: Take a shower or a bath
  • 8:30pm: Meditate
  • 9pm: Diary three things I’m grateful for, and one positive experience I had during the day1
  • 9:15-9:30pm: Read in bed, then go to sleep

All of these routines help me rev down my mind, and provide me with a cue that I should head to bed soon.

Tip: All habit cues fall into one (or more) of these five categories: a certain time of day, a certain place, the presence of certain people, a particular emotion, and a preceding behaviour that’s been ritualized. For example, if you set your running clothes beside your bed at night so they’re there for you in the morning, that morning cue includes a time of day (6am), place (by your bed), and preceding behaviour (waking up).

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5. Shut off your devices past a certain time

One of the habits I’ve recently adopted that has helped me wake up early is putting my smartphone and other devices into airplane mode from 8pm to 8am (1.5 hours before I go to bed, and 2.5 hours after I wake up). Airplane mode shuts off all of the radios on your devices (wifi, cellular, and bluetooth included), which prevents any emails, texts, tweets, Facebook messages, and other updates from getting in.

This ritual will take you a week or two to integrate into your life (if you decide to integrate it, that is), but once you do, its benefits are incredible. Here are a few of them:

  • It will give your brain a chance to rev down before you head to bed, which will help you fall asleep much faster
  • It forces you to tackle more valuable activities before you head to bed and after you wake up (like journaling and planning), instead of spending time on useless stuff like email and social media
  • It serves as a cue that you should head to bed shortly after you shut your phone off
  • It will allow you to be more mindful before you head off to bed, because your phone and other devices won’t hijack your attention
  • Not having a phone by your bed means you won’t have any distractions to lay in bed with in the morning
  • The ritual forces you to deal with you notifications when you actually have the energy to deal with them–when you’re not easing into the day, or tired from a long day

I could keep going, but I think you get the point. Shutting your devices off past a certain time will make you sleep better, and will make you much more calm and mindful before you go to bed and after you wake up.

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6. Reduce your exposure to blue light 2-3 hours before bed

Exposing yourself to blue light is detrimental to your sleep. This one might sound a little weird, but it’s true.

Blue light has been proven to inhibit melatonin production, a happy chemical in your body that helps you sleep. In fact, one study found that participants who were exposed to no blue light before bed (they wore blue-blocking sunglasses–$10 on Amazon) slept 50% better, and were 40% happier after they woke up!2

Most of the blue light you see before bed comes from your electronics, like your smartphone or tablet. The solution? Pick up a pair of blue-blocking sunglasses, stop using your smartphone/tablet 2-3 hours before you go to bed, and limit your exposure to energy-efficient lighting before bed, which also emits a lot of light on the blue end of the spectrum.3

7. Stop consuming caffeine 4-6 hours before you sleep

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According to the FDA, “[a]fter drinking caffeine, it usually reaches its peak level in your blood within one hour and stays there for four to six hours”.4 In other words, if you consume caffeine less than four to six hours before you go to bed, caffeine is literally coursing through your veins as you’re trying to fall asleep.

My rule for making sure caffeine doesn’t compromise my nighttime and wakeup rituals: stop consuming caffeine six hours before I sleep.

8. Ease into the ritual

It’s near-impossible to will yourself into making huge changes to your life overnight, and I think this rule is especially true with waking up early.

The slower you ease into waking up early, the more success you’ll have with the ritual. For example, instead of waking up an hour earlier than you did yesterday, wake up just one minute earlier than you did yesterday. By easing into the ritual, you’ll create a series of small wins for yourself along the way (which helps in habit formation), you won’t discourage yourself, and best of all, you’ll practically be jumping at the chance to wake up earlier the next day if you ease into the ritual slowly enough.

Waking up earlier shouldn’t be a change you make overnight. Especially when the ritual is something you may practice for years–if not decades–it makes sense to integrate it into your life slowly.

9. Anticipate obstacles ahead of time

When I interviewed Charles Duhigg, one of the things he talked about was how important it is to anticipate where your breakdowns will occur as you form new habits. For example, if you’re heading on a business trip three weeks from now, that’s easy to anticipate and plan for in advance, but it’s way more difficult to figure out how you’re going to wake up early after you leave for the trip.

When you ritualize waking up early, make sure you look out on the horizon for any obstacles or commitments that might get in the way of your ritual. Chances are there will be periods when you don’t even want to wake up early–like when you’re on vacation–but planning how you’ll deal with obstacles ahead of time is another great way to solidify your morning wakeup routine.

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10. Be honest with yourself in the process

I think one of the biggest mistakes people make when they try to integrate a new habit or routine into their life is they’re not honest with themselves in the process.

I’ll admit that sometimes it’s necessary to play tricks on our brains to accomplish more (like finding your “purple pill”), but when you integrate any new habit into your life, I think it’s crucial that you’re honest with yourself about why you’re succeeding and failing.

For example, chances are there’s a very good reason you hit ‘snooze’ six times every morning, like that you’re too tired, or that you’re trying to move your wakeup time back too quickly. Or if you constantly have trouble going to bed at a decent time, chances are there are constraints that you have that keep you from getting to bed on time. Is Jimmy Fallon’s show simply too funny to not watch? Are your kids keeping you up late into the night?

Being honest with yourself about what’s preventing you from going to bed and waking up early will not only help you recognize what improvements you need to make to wake up early, but it will also help you with the other tactics in this article.

The items in this list are what has worked for me, but I’m confident that these tactics will work wonders for you, too.


  1. These habits have been proven to train your brain to be more grateful, and to look out for the positive things that happen to you. 
  2. Source: http://ayearofproductivity.com/smartphone-light-keeping-you-up-at-night/ 
  3. Source: http://ayearofproductivity.com/smartphone-light-keeping-you-up-at-night/ 
  4. Source: http://www.fda.gov/downloads/drugs/resourcesforyou/consumers/buyingusingmedicinesafely/understandingover-the-countermedicines/ucm205286.pdf 

Tom Elliott Selected For Not-for-Profit Leadership Position

Tom Elliott has been selected as the Executive Director, Member Services for the Valley Schools Management Group (VSMG).  VSMG has over 25 years of experience in group purchasing insurance for government entities in Arizona.  Their range of managed trusts and pools include healthcare, dental coverage, workers’ compensation and liability insurance.  The organization has saved their members and taxpayers millions per year in premiums while maintaining high quality benefits.

Tom Elliott, Executive Director, Member Services, VSMG

Tom Elliott, Executive Director, Member Services, VSMG

Tom Elliott started with VSMG on July 1st, after serving with distinction as the Assistant Superintendent for Business Services at the Paradise Valley Unified School District (PVUSD) since 2005.  Tom Elliott has thirty years of executive level experience in auditing, financial management and public administration.  He holds degrees in science, business and accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

“I have seen the high quality of staff and services provided by Valley Schools and I am honored to take on this new role in my career in public service.”  Tom Elliott said.  “I look forward to continuing their long tradition of saving money for Arizona members.”

Tom Elliott and his wife Kathy

Tom Elliott and his wife Cathy

Tom Boone, Chairman of the VSMG Board, has long looked upon the possibility of bringing Tom Elliott on board given his proven management abilities and vast experience as a Trustee on various employee benefits Board of Directors.  “Tom Elliott has served in both large and smaller school districts, as an auditor, and is heavily involved in the community.  I can think of no better candidate to have filled this position.”

Tom Boone

Tom Boone

The opportunity arose when Andrea Billings, the Administrator for the Valley Schools Employee Benefits Trust (VSEBT) took a new position with Aon/Hewitt Consulting.  Andrea has been working with VSEBT to insure a smooth transition.  As Executive Director, Member Services, Tom Elliott will serve a more comprehensive role, as VSMG continues to improve its service model and reorganize when necessary to maximize service to their members.

“As a CPA, it is exciting for me to join an organization that has had the highest audit ratings possible every year for their entire quarter century of service.”  Tom Elliott pointed out.  “As the insurance market continues to change rapidly, especially in healthcare, it is important to have this long track record of steady, upstanding and open organizations like VSMG to protect their members during these rough waters.”

Tom Elliott is an avid sports enthusiast, coached youth hockey, and has served on many community boards and associations.  Congratulations and best wishes to Tom Elliott in this new position!

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Walking Boosts Creative Thinking

 Walking Boosts Creative Thinking

New research shows that walking boosts creative thinking. In a series of experiments, researchers from Stanford University in California compared levels of creativity in people while they walked with while they sat and found creative output went up by an average of 60% while walking. Many people claim that they come up with their best ideas while walking. Steve Jobs, late co-founder of Apple, used to hold meetings while walking, and Mark Zuckerburg, co-founder of Facebook, has also been doing the same.

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Now, a study by Dr. Marily Oppezzo and Daniel Schwartz, a professor at Stanford Graduate School of Education, may explain why. They found that the act of walking itself does the trick—it does not matter whether the walk is indoors or outdoors, it has the same effect in boosting creative inspiration. In one experiment, they found that compared with sitting down, walking indoors on a treadmill facing a blank wall or walking outdoors in the fresh air produced twice as many creative responses.

Dr. Oppezzo says she thought “walking outside would blow everything out of the water, but walking on a treadmill in a small, boring room still had strong results, which surprised me.” She says theirs appears to be the first study to look specifically at the effect of non-aerobic walking on simultaneously generating new ideas, and compare it with sitting. The effect of walking appears to persist for a little while; even if people sat down shortly after a walk, their creative juices continued to flow, the researchers found.

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To carry out their four experiments, Dr. Oppezzo and Prof. Schwartz recruited 176 college students and other adults, and had them complete tasks that researchers normally use to measure creative thinking. They placed the participants in various conditions, comparing non-aerobic walking to sitting, indoors and out-doors. When outdoors, for instance, the walkers would walk, and the sitters were pushed in wheelchairs around a pre-determined path on the Stanford campus. The reason for pushing sitters around in wheel-chairs in the out-door parts of experiments was to give them the same visual movement as walking. The participants also underwent different combinations of walking and sitting. For example, there might be two consecutive walking sessions, or two consecutive seated sessions, or a walking session followed by a seated one. The sessions lasted from 5 to 16 minutes, depending on the tasks the participants were asked to complete.

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In three of the experiments, the participants undertook tests of their divergent thinking creativity. Diver-gent thinking is where you generate ideas by thinking of lots of possible solutions. For these tests, the participants were asked to think of as many uses as they could for a given object. They were given three objects at a time, and each time, they had 4 minutes to think of as many uses of the three objects as they could. The responses were marked according to novelty (nobody else in the group had thought of it) and appropriateness (for example, it would be unrealistic to suggest a tire could be used as a ring on a finger). In these three experiments, the vast majority of the participants scored higher on divergent thinking creativity while walking than while sitting. In one particular experiment carried out indoors, participants walking on a treadmill scored an average of 60% higher on divergent thinking creativity than when they were sitting.

There was also a fourth experiment that tested a more complex type of creativity. The tester gives the participants prompts to which they have to respond with complex analogies. The more the analogy captures the deep structure of the prompt, the more it scored on high quality. For instance, in response to the prompt “a robbed safe,” a response like “empty wallet” would not score as high on quality as “a soldier suffering from PTSD,” which captures the sense of loss, dysfunction and violation. This experiment found that walking outside resulted in 100% of participants generating at least one high-quality complex analogy, compared with only 50% when sitting indoors.

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The study also showed that not all thinking is the same. Divergent, brainstorm thinking is different to convergent thinking that requires single, correct answers. Productive creativity involves a series of steps, from generating ideas to execution, and not all using the same type of thinking process.

To test the effect of walking versus sitting on convergent thinking, the researchers gave the participants word-association exercises. For each exercise, the participants looked at three words, then had to say the word that linked all three. For in-stance, the correct response to “Swiss, cake and cottage” would be “cheese.”

The results showed that when performing this test, walking produced slightly worse scores than sitting. Dr. Oppezzo says the study shows walking appears to benefit the creative steps that involve divergent thinking. Convergent thinking, on the other hand, does not appear to benefit.

Prof. Schwartz says more work is now needed to find the underlying causes, but their findings provide a “very robust paradigm that will allow people to begin manipulations, so they can track down how the body is influencing the mind.” One of the key questions to investigate will be to determine if it is just walking, or any form of mild physical activity, that has this effect on creativity.

Dr. Oppezzo says in the mean-time, “This study is another justification for integrating bouts of physical activity into the day, whether it’s recess at school or turning a meeting at work into a walking one. We’d be healthier, and maybe more innovative for it.”

Source: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com

From Rebecca McGonigle from the June 2014 Wellstyles Newsletter published by Valley Schools Employee Benefits Trust (VSEBT).

 

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