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1. Pour some pinot.

A study from the University of Illinois, Chicago, found that, because it loosens inner controls, being tipsy might goose inventiveness. "It makes you willing to consider 'crazy' ideas," says lead researcher Andrew Jarosz.

2. Catch a foreign flick. "Identifying with two cultures at once trains you to see multiple perspectives," says Carmit Tadmor, Ph.D., lead author of a recent Tel Aviv University study that tracked creativity among people living abroad. Not moving to France anytime soon? Tadmor says you can get a similar advantage from eating foreign cuisines or taking language classes.

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3. Move it outside. In a University of Kansas study, backpackers who took a creative intelligence test after a four-day hike did 50 percent better than those who took it beforehand. "Nature has very few stressors--no emails pinging or phones ringing," says psychology professor Ruth Ann Atchley, Ph.D. "Even a nice day hike will give you a mental boost."