Your creativity muscle is strong when you can come up with a lot of new ideas about how to address challenges. This muscle is useful because it helps you find effective solutions to problems, break out of old patterns of thinking, and keep an open mind.

Some simple daily exercises you can use to strengthen this muscle include:

Yes-And: When you hear an idea you disagree with, substitute the word “and” for the word “but” in your response. This can help you create new options rather than getting stuck in opposition.

Idea Generation: Think of something you want to do, and identify at least three different ways you might approach it, rather than just coming up with one idea.