You might think that creativity is something that you do not have. So many people say, “I don’t have a creative bone in my body”. But everyone has the ability to be creative; and it is not just good for the soul to sketch, needlepoint Pikachu into a pillow, or paint. Creativity comes in all forms, and it has some unexpected benefits for your life!
It Can Help You Solve Problems
Fostering your creativity trains your brain to be more adaptable and flexible in dealing with all sorts of problems and issues. Not just how to get that pot completely balanced and smooth, but also how to solve that problem with a work project, a relationship, or career issue.
Being creative takes you out of the linear thinking mode, and the confines of regular logic. Options stop being black and white only. Your mind can look at your problem from many different angles and can see the potential nuances that you might consciously miss. It will also aid in lifelong learning!
It Can Help You Live Longer
Surprising, but true! Studies have shown that being creative can reduce your mortality risk and add years to your life. Making, drawing, woodworking, kitting, or painting all fire different neural pathways in your brain and help to reduce stress and anxiety. Creativity slows cognitive aging and enables you to lead a happier, and more fulfilling and motivated life.
It Grows Your Confidence
Learning a creative skill takes application, and a lot of practice, much like a habit or routine. You will make a lot of mistakes before you can create that beautiful and functional coaster set. Mastering your chosen art form helps you develop confidence in your abilities that will overflow into other areas of your life. As you start to overcome failure and succeed in making beautiful things, you will see that persistence and optimism is the way to success.
It is Immensely Satisfying
There is nothing like starting with raw materials and ending with something unique! Whether you start with resin and molds, or you make your entire wardrobe from scratch, you know you have the skills and creative spark to make whatever you want. You are not dependent on stores and other peoples work. Make mistakes! You know that you can start with zero skills and work your way up to having all the skills you need to succeed in your leadership journey.
It Helps You Express Yourself
Making a piece of art, or writing a poem, or designing an entire line of clothing allows you to make something that is 100% truly yours. No one else can make the same exact thing that you can.
Living a creative life can help you see that you, and what you can bring to the worlds table, is truly unique and special.
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