When you are known as a writer on creativity, people send you things. Recently I was forwarded a link to AquaNotes, a waterproof notepad you can put in your shower. I’ve never used one, but I can tell you the science behind why people get ideas in the shower.
Technically speaking we get ideas all the time – that’s what it means to be conscious. We have ideas for what to eat, say, and do in nearly every waking moment. It’s quite hard to stop thinking, as anyone who has tried to practice meditation can tell you. We are hard-wired for ideas.
More germane to showers, we rarely admit how much of who we are is driven by our subconscious minds. We know our dreams, which are owned and operated by our subconscious, can be incredibly creative. But on a busy day in modern times we are bombarded with information, and our conscious mind dominates. It’s only when we have quiet time, going for a walk, getting some exercise, or taking a shower, that our conscious minds quiet down enough for our sub-conscious to be heard. And that’s why you get ideas in the shower. The other inputs to your mind are quiet, your body (which is connected to your brain) is relaxed, and the way is clear for the rest of your brain to bubble up interesting thoughts.
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