Welcome to Day 16 of the 31 Days To A Happier You Challenge! Can you believe we have made it this far? Yesterday we talked about the relationship between exercise and happiness. Today we are going to explore how spending time being creative can make us happier.
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A lot of times when we think of artists, we conjure up an image of moody, hipster looking person, with a cigarette and a bad hat. We might think of tortured souls but research has found that creative people are happier.
What is creativity?
What exactly does it mean to be creative? Honestly the definition is super broad. Creativity is the ability to come up with new ideas. It can also mean linking two things in a new way or coming up with a new way to solve a problem. So creativity can be found in painting, writing, cooking, playing, and more!
Benefits Of Creativity
Research shows that there is a strong correlation between creative expression and overall wellbeing. Key components of the creative personality, like novelty-seeking and perseverance, are also predictors of life satisfaction
When it comes to creativity and creative activities there is this concept called “flow” It kinda like getting lost in the creative process. Like when you sit down to write and lose track of time. Or when you totally zen out while doing one of those fancy coloring pages. While you are in this state of “flow” you might not feel happier, but you will once you look back at the experience.
Not only does creativity increase happiness, but happiness increases our ability to create. How cool of a cycle is that?
Want to read more about creativity and happiness: Check out this HuffPost article on flow.
Your task for today is to get creative. Dost off those sketch books, grab your camera, create a new recipe, write a poem… Don’t worry if it has been awhile. You don’t have to create your next masterpiece, but if you do that’s awesome too!