by Sunil Bali. 13-08-2017

Research shows that smelling crayons can reduce your blood pressure by 10 points.

When you smell crayons you almost always, either:

  • focus completely on the smell of the crayons and let go of any negative thoughts or,
  • recall a happy childhood image or memory

In my seminars, I sometimes ask people to draw a very quick picture of a tea cup and saucer – they’ve got 15 seconds to do it. Do this now, or at least imagine the picture that you would draw.

I can make a prediction. Your drawing, just like virtually all the other drawings I’ve ever seen, is taken from a side view rather than a bird’s eye view, and the cup is in the saucer. Am I right?

Why does this happen? Because, before you even begin to think about the drawing, your brain has created your frame of reference.

When the same experiment is done with 5 year old children however, a significant proportion of children will draw the cup and saucer from a bird’s eye view, and a few will even draw the cup out of the saucer, on its side, or upside down.

As we get older we tend to see the world through a filter of preconceived ideas. Drawing, painting, playing a musical instrument, or an activity that makes your heart sing, will increase your ability to see more options and be more creative.

Time for an art attack?



  1. A man walked into the doctors, he said, "I’ve hurt my arm in several places." The doctor said, "Well don’t go there anymore."
  2. He’s got mood poisoning: It must be something he hate.
  3. Aircraft designers have constructed a plane made entirely of rubber, so that if it crashes, it bounces.

    It’s called a Boing 747.

  4. My computer crashed and now my wife’s computer has slowed down to see what’s happening.
  5. Did you hear about the German vampire who became a poet. He went from Bat to Verse.

I’m away for a couple of weeks so the kids can cross Disney off their bucket list. Back on 3rd September.

Until then …..


Live big & love deep.