According to your interesting report, a series of studies found that walking can promote creativity and problem-solving ("In a creative slump? Take a walk," April 26). The article suggests that the reasons for this are puzzling.
I suggest that anyone interested look over the mood research work of my colleague at Cal State Long Beach, psychology professor Robert E. Thayer. He published a paper in 1978 and a series of three books that clearly demonstrate that a "brisk 10-minute walk" dramatically modifies mood from tiredness to energy and from tension to calmness.
Moreover, Thayer's research demonstrates that "calm energy" is significantly associated with creativity.
For 15 years I had the opportunity to walk four miles daily in the hills behind my home in Porter Ranch.
I explained to people that on the rare occasion I was unable to take my walk, I missed it more for mental reasons than for physical ones. Not only would I be more prepared for the day, but when I had difficult personal or business decisions to make, the solution would come to me while walking.
Now that I have retired to south Orange County, I continue to walk every day. I am so glad to keep reading The Times, if not just to verify what I have known for years.
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