Last week, I embarked on a creativity challenge and because I was traveling, I spent much of it coloring in an 'adult' coloring book (yes, apparently this is a thing).
As I was lost in creating a pretty picture, I noticed that my brain was actively processing at a whole new level where connections, possibilities and creative ideas came to mind organically.
This is one of the many benefits of tapping into our creativity - creative solutions to problems.
In "Creativity and the Everyday Brain," an OnBeing interview with neuropsychologist, Rex Jung, Jung says that creative cognition (creative thinking) opens up space for a freer interplay of different networks in the brain. This allows unrelated (or related) ideas to link together more readily.