Creativity flourishes when you can both silence your inner critic and also generate new ideas without stimuli. That's what neuroscientist Heather Berlin concluded when she was asked to pinpoint why The Daily Show Host Jon Stewart is so funny. Stewart excels at divergent thinking, she said, which is the practice of making novel connections that other people normally don't think of.
Research has shown that the brain can be primed for this sort of thinking. To see how, check out the infographic below from Happify, a company that builds online games designed to boost personal satisfaction and happiness.