Shower Ideas

How many dazzling ideas have dawned on you …


Photo by Greg L., CC-BY-SA-3.0, via Wikimedia Commons


in the shower?

I’ve had more than I can count,

and I can almost always count on coming up with something creative any time I step into that

“stream” of consciousness.

But, why?

What is it about a shower that sends us into sudden throes of genius?

Is it the water?

The warmth?

The privacy, perhaps?

Actually, the shower phenomenon has a little to do with all of those things, which collectively culminate in a sweet state of distraction that illuminates thoughts often overshadowed by the daily grind.

“The shower is the perfect place to cook up big ideas,” explains Mental_Floss. “Research shows that we most often hit creative epiphany while doing super monotonous tasks like exercising or showering. Because these sorts of everyday ritual tasks don’t take up much brain space as you’re doing them (unlike working or investing in a good book), your mind is freed up to wander.”

According to Dr. Shelley Carson, author of Your Creative Brain, “Highly creative people share one amazing trait—they’re easily distracted. And that’s the beauty of a warm shower. It distracts you. It makes you defocus. It lets your brain roam. It activates your DMN (default mode network) and encourages wacky ideas to bounce around. So when the lather rinses off, your light bulb switches on.”

I would bet that businesses have been started, books have begun, and great projects have launched in showers around the globe.

Not to mention some super funny songs:

Dare to share your shower epiphanies?

Do tell!


  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    i cannot think of any good epiphanies in the shower , but I have had some much needed cries@!

  2. Lisa says:

    The shower is where I do a lot of thinking, problem solving, planning the next day’s tasks, & like Winnie, had a few good cries.

  3. Megan says:

    Me too ladies, me too. 🙂

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