Metaphor and Creativity

Tori Rodriguez (in Scientific American) reports on how surroundings and metaphors influence our thinking and behavior. The conclusion is that it's possible to set up our environment to affect us in positive ways, including being more creative:

Study co-author Angela Leung, associate professor of psychology at Singapore Management University, says you might be able to encourage your own creativity by eliminating constraints to movement, such as by roving around a room or wandering through a park. The key is variety and spontaneity: “If you want to be more creative, run freely outside and do it randomly for the day. Get away from your typical route, time of day, music or even your pace,” Leung says.