“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things.” (Steve Jobs)
Researchers found that only creativity, not intelligence or overall openness, decreased mortality risk. One possible reason creativity is protective of health is because it draws on a variety of neural networks within the brain. If you ask me, that’s reason enough to add a little creative time into your morning routine, but if you need more reasons to seal the deal, these are the top 5:
1- Problem solver: Being creative helps you become a better problem solver in all areas of your life. Instead of coming from a linear, logical approach, your creative side can approach a situation from all angles.
2- Dealing with uncertainty: Studies show that creative people are better able to live with uncertainty because they can adapt their thinking to allow for the flow of the unknown.
3- Develop Confidence: Being creative comes with many waves and a high risk of failure. You have to be vulnerable to share your art, and willing to take the risk that what you create may never be seen by anyone! Engaging in a creative process is a great confidence builder, because you discover that failure is part of the process. Once you see failure as something that helps you grow, you will release the fear and try something new, even at the risk of failing.
4- Joy: Creating brings tremendous joy!
It’s a sense of achievement and seeing something new come to life that sends those joy stimulating messages to your brain and what better way to kick off your day by adding an extra dose of joy and happiness to it!
5- Self Expression: Creativity allows you the freedom of self-expression. There’s a deep sense of satisfaction that comes from making something with your own hands. No matter the medium, the process really allows you to learn more about who you are and express yourself without any filters.
What’s your creative play? Tell me in the comment below, do you do something creative everyday? What do you think about adding a dose of creativity into your morning routine?