As children, we had a very creative imagination. All we needed was our bed and we became pirates on a legendary vessel. Add a couple of stuffed toys and we had a full blown tea party.

But that energy and imagination disappeared when we grew up. It wasn't as if we wanted it to disappear though. Real life simply took over.

But more and more people are now recognizing the benefits of having a wonderful imagination at work. Apparently, it makes us efficient problem solvers and critical thinkers.

So how do we get our creative imagination back? Here's how:

1) Listen To Music.

One way to practice creative imagination is to listen to music. The type of music is up to you. At the same time, try to imagine a story unfolding with the lyrics. Imagine yourself as the protagonist in the story, or perhaps you have other faces in mind.

It's almost like watching a movie in your mind. You can be as romantic as you want or perhaps you want something more action-packed. Have fun with your mini fantasy and let your creative imagination take over.

2) Be A Dreamer.

We all have goals that we'd like to fulfill at one point or another in the future. Some of us dream of living in a mansion and having more cars than we can drive. Others dream of being in the limelight and signing autographs left and right.

Whatever you dream is, visualize it in your mind. This should be an easy exercise in creative imagination because we all want to see ourselves fulfilled and happy.

Daydreaming is not at all a negative thing. Just make sure you don't have work to do while doing it, or else your boss might accuse you of being idle.

3) Look At It From Another Angle.

Another way to improve your creative imagination is to look at things from a different perspective. That small shift of thought alone can change the way your ideas run.

You can do this for work, but you can also do this for basically everything that happens in your life. A slight change of perspective can give you an experience that is immensely rich and fulfilling.

Creative imagination is a tool that should not be underestimated; it should even be celebrated. It also helps to look at art galleries. Artists have a very unique way of expressing themselves. Reading books and watching movies can also inspire your imagination to take things one step further.

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