A while ago, I poured myself a glass of wine and thought of the many ways I could write this post. It started with the idea of writing about the health benefits of wine. But I found information that made me move this post from Health to Business category. Did you know that drinking wine boosts creative thinking?
Yeah, I thought so. I expected a wine to have several benefits, but boosting creativity was not one of them.
So how did I end up writing about business when my intention was to write about health?
Let’s begin with why people drink wine. For me, I associate wine with chilling or relaxation. And for good measure, I could throw in a few health benefits as well.
Some of you think of wine as a means to get drunk. To be honest, I did get drunk after drinking more than two bottles in my younger years. And oh, the last time I drank at least one bottle was when I flew business class to Taiwan over a year ago.
I do know people drink wine because it is the social norm. And I also found a post written by Rory Sutherland. He asserts that winemakers provide customers with a sense of uniqueness with endless variations.
Health Benefits of Drinking Wine
If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse. – Jim Rohn
So, for people who love drinking wine, there will always be good reasons. For example, Ashley Fern has 19 reasons why drinking wine is good for your mind, body and soul.
Before I give you the nuts and bolts of how drinking wine boosts creative thinking, let’s check the health benefits first.
Christian Nordqvist wrote Wine: Health Benefits and Health Risks, and listed the following:
- Reducing risk of depression
- Preventing colon cancer
- Preventing breast cancer
- Preventing dementia
- Protecting from severe sunburn
- Preventing blinding diseases
- Damage after stroke
- Improving lung function and preventing lung cancer
- Raising levels of omega-3 fatty acids
- Preventing liver disease
- Protecting from prostate cancer
- Preventing type-2 diabetes
It may seem like a lot, but that’s not all. For instance, take a look at 8 Health Benefits of Drinking Wine, written by Christine Quinlan. One of the benefits she listed is:
The Benefit: Slows Brain Decline
The Evidence: Brain function declines at a markedly faster rate in nondrinkers than in moderate drinkers. Source: a Columbia University study of 1,416 people, published in Neuroepidemiology, 2006.
So, that made me think. If by slowing brain decline, does it mean that wine could enhance the brain?
Drinking Wine Boosts Creative Thinking
So I started to search for answers. Could drinking wine enhance our thought process and analytical thinking?
Dr. Sian Beilock Ph.D. thinks so, and wrote that being moderately intoxicated gets people to think ‘outside the box’. As soon as I saw the phrase outside the box, my thoughts shifted to entrepreneurship.
One of the traits of entrepreneurs is having the ability to think outside the box. From experience, I know not a lot of people have that ability. Could drinking wine be the solution?
“Research has shown that alcohol tends to reduce people’s ability to focus in on some things and ignore others.” Dr. Sian continues, “which also happens to benefit creative problem solving.” Check her post titled Alcohol Benefits the Creative Process.
Do you know one of the reasons why a lot of people fail to become entrepreneurs? Other than fear, it is the inability to find ideas. Tell me, could an improved creative process help with thinking of new ideas?
Being an entrepreneur means one has to be able to find innovative ideas. If drinking wine boosts creative thinking, then finding one becomes easier.
Another thing about an entrepreneur is finding solutions to the needs of customers. For that, one has to be good at problem solving. Christine Hsu has an interesting post how drinking alcohol may significantly enhance problem-solving skills.
Before you get carried away and decide to drink a bottle of wine a day, that is not how it works. There is the right quantity, and then there is excessive. One drink of red wine or alcohol is relaxing to circulation, but two drinks are stressful.
Creative Business Ideas
So, I have talked about how the reasons why people drink wine, and the health benefits of doing so. Also, I have talked about how drinking wine boosts creative thinking.
I believe creative thinking problem solving are both critical parts of being an entrepreneur.
Let me share an intriguing business idea.
— Traveling Vineyard (@TravelinVinyard) September 12, 2016
Some people do not want to change or leave his/her career but could use something fun on the side.
— Traveling Vineyard (@TravelinVinyard) September 27, 2016
But others want a complete lifestyle change, for instance, having time freedom for the family.
— Traveling Vineyard (@TravelinVinyard) September 29, 2016
What if drinking wine is more than reaping the benefits of health and thought process? What if wine becomes the opportunity?
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.