Often times when thinking of being creative, thoughts of painting, sculpting and other elaborate forms of art are our first thoughts. However, what we don’t realize is there’s an opportunity for us to flex our creativity on a daily basis. Although fine arts such as painting and drawing are certainly creative forms, there are many other small ways to be creative – we just have to look for the opportunities. In scientific circles, these little instances of creativity are called “Little C.” This stands for little creative forms that we do every day, such as finding a new route to take home from work, loading the dishwasher differently or simply gardening. The simplest things can help flex that creative muscle. When was the last time your exercised your creativity?
Ruth Richards, psychology professor at Harvard Medical School states, “engaging in creative behaviors make us more dynamic, conscious, non-defensive, observant, collaborative and brave.” By exercising our creative muscle on a daily basis, we can create balance in our lives and create more time for you – allowing you to maximize your potential and productivity.
Top 5 Reasons to Exercise Your Creative Muscle:
1. Reduce Stress:
When we work creatively we calm down and go into an almost meditative state of mind. This creates an immediate reduction in stress levels.
2. Boost Self-Confidence:
For example, studies have shown that when we participate in creative activities with peers, the feedback given to each other builds self-respect by helping to learn to accept criticism and praise from others.
3. Stimulate the brain – make thoughts and feelings more clear:
Researchers at Maharishi University of Management in Iowa and the University West in Sweden have found creativity lies at the root of innovation, entrepreneurship, competitiveness, and faster brain processing. The findings, highlight the brain’s ability to integrate and process problems and alternative solutions faster if its creative side is more highly developed.
4. Save Money:
By exploring our creative side, we can control/fill the need to impulse buy, as shopping is often a means of something to do.
5. Build Stronger Relationships:
When we are actively creating, we feel better about our relationships. We tend to be more generous to others. We have more to give because we have answered our urge to create.
As we get older, creativity plays a vital role in maintaining a happy and healthier lifestyle. In older adults, engaging in daily creative activities have been proven to…
Reduce the number of visits to a healthcare provider
Reduce the number of medications taken daily
Create a higher morale – more outgoing
Increase social activity – less lonely
Create a higher level of optimism