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Healthy Innate Creativity

Using innate creativity isn’t at all about writing a best selling book or painting a Picasso.  When you think of Van Gogh,  it took him many years before he made the paintings he is remembered for. But, using your innate creativity is about finding Creative Solutions to Healthcare for you and your family.

Van Gogh led a complicated life, but practice and perseverance gave him the ability to create his masterpieces in his later years because he understood the importance in being creative.  So, don’t be concerned about trying to be perfect in your new-found or returned creativity either.

Creativity and how it can benefit you and others, applies across all areas of your life, from making a different and delicious meal, to coming up with a killer idea at work, solving a water leak problem, or coming up with a new game to play with your family.  If you really think about it, if you are problem solving in your daily life, you are already being creative, per Wikipedia.

Creativity and the derived benefits can be channeled and honed in so many different ways, not just on a canvas or through arts and crafts, as this National Institutes Of Health (NIH) study suggests, after reviewing a 2010 American Journal Public Health study, which discusses the art and health connection.  The study found that making art over time eventually decreased individuals’ negative emotions and helped them to focus on a productive task instead of dwelling on sad or anxious thoughts.

It could be through creating numerous solutions to various challenges but it is often through channeling in colorful and creative ways that most see as being creative, and we get the full health and well being benefit from it as the output is typically a tangible thing.

According to Scientific American 2013 research “How Human Creativity Arose”, creativity is a spark that lies deep down inside of all of us and has for millenna, but like anything else and anyone else, most of us, probably haven’t let our creativity show since we were a child because of all the negatives connotations placed on creativity by society.

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Ancient Creative Art Record On Stone

Adobe conducted a global-benchmark “Global Creativity Gap” study in 2012 on how creativity is perceived in the different regions of the U.S., France, Germany, and Japan, with 5,000 adults.  There were some interesting results:

Only 25 percent said they felt like they were living up to their creative potential, and 75 percent said that their countries were not living up to their potential.  The data also revealed people in the U.S. have the highest regard for the value of creativity but also expressed the most concern about the way creativity is valued.

Which, as you will see from the research below, makes total sense.  As we grew older; we censored our creativity, as we began to conform to social norms, often as a means of fitting in and surviving.  According to a 2010 Cornell University “The Bias Against Creativity: Why People Desire But Reject Creative Ideas” study, the norm in society is to reject creativity or have a negative bias against creativity.

People desire creativity but typically reject it!  According to a 1999 Creative Research Journal (Tandfonline) study found that teachers who claim to enjoy creative children don’t actually enjoy any of the characteristics associated with creativity, such as non-conformity and actually find ways to discourage it. A 2011 University of Pennsylvania “The Bias Against Creativity: Why People Desire but Reject Creative Ideas” study found that even people who say they are looking for creativity react negatively to creative ideas.

Uncertainty is an inherent part of new ideas and innovations, and it’s also something that most people would do almost anything to avoid and it clouds their ability to even recognize creative ideas much less sustain them.  According to a 2019 Harvard Business School review “The Hard Truth About Innovative Cultures”, determined that although innovative cultures are desirable and that most leaders claim to understand what they entail, they are hard to create and sustain because in a large part, they are misunderstood.

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Healthy Activity Of Journaling

Want another example?  Another 2011 Creative Research Journal (Tandfondline) study published in Sage Journals showed that teachers overwhelmingly discriminate against creative students, favoring their “satisfier” classmates who more readily follow directions and do what they’re told.

So, we chose to not express ourselves due to not wanting others to judge us, which then led on to judging ourselves and making decisions based on what we thought someone else would approve of, which lead to lowering self-esteem and self-confidence.

Accepting ourselves unconditionally, which would have built self-esteem, would have been almost automatic had our parents, peers, or teachers conveyed a predominantly positive message about us as we grew up in a generally supportive environment. But if that wasn’t the case, we need on our own to learn how to “certify” ourselves, to validate our essential OK-ness. According to a National Alliance On Mental Illness (NAMI) 2016 study “Why Self-Esteem Is Important for Mental Health”, determined that, although low self-esteem is not categorized as a mental health condition in itself, there are clear links between the way we feel about ourselves and our overall mental and emotional wellbeing.

And we’re hardly suggesting that independently confirming ourselves has anything to do with becoming complacent, only that we get over our habit of constantly judging ourselves. If deep within us we’re ever to experience, as our normal state of being, personal fulfillment and peace of mind, and most importantly, happiness, we must first rise to the challenge of complete, unqualified self-acceptance.

Our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world as being able to remake ourselves.

– Gandhi

As Robert Holden puts it in his book Happiness Now!

Happiness and self-acceptance go hand in hand. In fact, your level of self-acceptance determines your level of happiness. The more self-acceptance you have, the more happiness you’ll allow yourself to accept, receive and enjoy. In other words, you enjoy as much happiness as you believe you’re worthy of.

With self-acceptance comes creativity and as adults we now find it awkward to express creativity and the fact we haven’t used it for a long time, makes it harder to activate or access it easily as adults.  And unfortunately, it’s become undervalued or misunderstood, which means it’s easy to choose to invest less time on it.  The fact that you’re not a famous writer or artist doesn’t mean that you’re not ‘creative’.

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Healthy Creativity “Flow”

Everyone has imagination and creativity in them, but many don’t try to find it much less explore, express or appreciate it , because they won’t attempt it, for a variety of reasons.  But most of the time, it’s because some are disappointed in the creativity results or the answers because its not perfect and the answers are inherently ambiguous.

However, not only is real life ambiguous, it’s often illogical to the point of madness, and by no means perfect.  So, if life is imperfect, why would you expect your creativity to be perfect.

One of the best ways to escape the constraints of your own logical mind is to think metaphorically. Aristotle and other great thinkers and countless other masterful communicators have harnessed the power of the metaphor to effectively persuade and inform to create extraordinary meaning out of the seemingly mundane subject.

According to Purdue University “Using Metaphors in Creative Writing” research one of the best ways for creativity is to shine through is use of metaphors in translations. So, most quite working on their creativity and never reap the health and well being benefits of their creativity.  What if Van Gogh had quite on his first paintings?

What if any of the Nobel Prize winners had quite before they gained acceptance with their inventions?  Truly creative ideas take a very long time to be accepted, and the better the idea, the longer it might take.  Even the work of Nobel Prize winners was commonly rejected by their peers for an extended period of time, according to a 2009 Scientometrics study (Springer).  The fact that what you created is not perfect or it was rejected the first time doesn’t mean that you won’t benefit from investing some of your time and energy into a creative outlet that resonates with you.

Another point is, acting on your imagination is what creativity really is, any way!  Some say imagining something has no useful purpose, and creating is done for a purpose.  However, how about if one is imagining a new concept and creating it for a useful purpose?  Is that not the same? The University of Pennsylvania in an “Authentic Happiness” article, supports the contention that imagination is necessary in achieving creativity, and said

Creativity relies on imagination, the conscious representation of what is not immediately present to the senses.

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Healthy Creative Brainstorming

The more creativity we cultivate, the more we all benefit, both personally and as a society. An example of this is a Harvard Business 2008 “Creativity and the Role of the Leader” review which confirmed the importance of creativity in the growth and advancement of a business, and the first priority of leadership is to engage the right people, at the right times, to the right degree in creative work.

According to an article published in a 2018 Journal Of Positive Psychology (Taylor and Francis), the key to happiness lies neither in love nor financial success, but quite literally in your own hands.  Apparently, individuals who practice a creative activity once a day, no matter their skill level, are happier than the rest of us who choose not to use our creativity.

The study found that after just 13 days, volunteers who practiced a creative hobby each day demonstrated an upward spiral for well being and creativity, which would suggest that something as simple as practicing your creativity can have a long reaching effect of happiness on all aspects of one’s life.

Allows Freedom Of Expression

Creative thoughts allows you freedom and being mindful (mindfulness), which opens your mind to new ideas and concepts, imaginations, innovations, expressions, and strips away inhibitions. It allows us to return to the feeling of freedom we may have experienced during childhood where we did not have to know what we were doing or be an expert. There is no right or wrong way to be creative. For some really in depth information on mindfulness read this 2009 Toward a Phenomenology of Mindfulness: Subjective Experience and Emotional Correlates study.

When we create, it gives us the opportunity to engage with the world without judging ourselves, and permission to take risks, try new things, and strip away inhibitions in a positive way, and building confidence and self-esteem.  Creativity connects you with yourself, and, the more you know yourself, the better equipped you are to take on life’s challenges.  In addition to the fun-filled benefit of experimentation, creativity is also a wonderfully safe-haven for mistake-making.  Cartoonist Scott Adams (The Dilbert Principle) is credited with a popular comical quote on creativity:

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Healthy Imaginative Creativity

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.

When you’re creative, you’re able to try new techniques, tools, and formats with minimal repercussions.  What is called “expressive writing”, is a creativity exercise therapy which has been effectively used as treatment with children sexually abused.  This therapy works  by exposing negative situations that cannot be changed and integrate them into their life’s story, creating meaning for events that left indelible marks.

One 2006 American Psychological Association (APA) PsycNET qualitative study that interviewed adults sexually abused as a child, found that asking them to write about their traumatic experiences, which is creative, allowed them, in conjunction with specialized trauma therapy, to make sense of the trauma in deeply personal ways.

Freedom and Releasing Innate Creativity

Creativity is the route to authenticity and innovation and your freedom, not to mention your health.  When we create, it gives us the opportunity to engage with the world without judging ourselves, and also live a long life in health and well being, according to a 2010 American Journal of Public Health (NIH) study. To return to the feeling of freedom we may have experienced during childhood where we did not have to know or be an expert. It gives us permission to take risks, try new things, and strip away inhibitions in a healthy way.

Every advancement known to mankind started with a new idea, and new ideas are inspired by imagination and creativity, and according to National Geographic “How Creativity Drives Human Evolution” research, creativity drives evolution because imagination makes humans exceptional. We learn to be creative by experimenting, exploring, questioning assumptions, using imagination and synthesizing information.  But, to be creative, you have to start somewhere.

So, you start by simply creating, like you did when you were a child!  It’s there, deep-down inside, just go inside and find it!  It allows you a safe space to experiment with your imagination, and even allowing you the experience of letting go and actually having fun and being happy.

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Healthy Brain Neurons Firing Off In Creativity

Creativity enhances problem solving abilities, and critical thinking, and provides alternate methods to work through issues, uncertainty, questions, stress or trauma, with less difficulty, found a 2020 Journal of Applied Developmental Science (Taylor and Francis) study. Obstacles and challenges throughout life are inevitable.

However, when we make creativity a habit, like a child experiences imagination, per a 2017 “Young children’s imagination in science education and education for sustainability” (Springer) study, we continue to learn new, resourceful ways of solving problems in our creations, and in life.

You’ll find yourself pushing yourself out of comfort zones you didn’t realize you had. You’ll find yourself able to create things you never knew the world needed.

If you pay attention, you’ll start to see your patterns and preferences, both of which teach you a lot about who you are and who you want to be.  Here’s some amazing statistics on a 1996 George Land Creativity Test study, published in a 2005 Griffith University, Queensland, Australia research, given to children and adults, just to show you that your innate creative ability is still inside you, it’s just been repressed, mainly through societal norms.

Test results among 5 year olds: 98 percent

Test results among 10 year olds: 30 percent

Test results among 15 year olds: 12 percent

Same test given to 280,000 adults: 2 percent

According to a 2013 Frontiers Human Neuroscience study reviewed by the NIH the results are astounding, clearly showing as you age, your creative capability decreases because you stopped using it

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Healthy Imagination Spurs Creativity

Enhances Self-Awareness and expression

Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up

– Pablo Picasso

Being creative builds a stronger connection with your intuition and inner voice which in turn, we begin to access our thoughts, feelings and beliefs.  When we take the time and energy to develop our own ideas, we learn to understand, trust and respect our inner self, in turn enabling us to better express ourselves.

You may be surprised at the resources, thoughts and impulses that you discover there. Can you guess one of the best ways to delve into your inner voice?  In a most recent article on living a grateful life, we recommend writing down small daily thing that you were appreciative of and grateful of in a journal.

Would it surprise you if we said people who write about their experiences daily actually aids them physically by having a stronger immune system?  Although experts are still unsure how it works exactly.

Shilagh Mirgain, PhD, a University Of Wisconsin psychologist, in a 2016 university article “The Benefits of Journaling”, explains that the kind private reflection that takes place while writing can help us work through issues and concerns we may have to allow us to come to a deeper understanding, not only psychologically, as the example we gave above with the abused children, but also physically.

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Healthy Creative Thoughts Flowing From The Brain

While “therapeutic journaling” has proven effective in the treatment of those experiencing post-traumatic stress and trauma survivors, the benefits also extend to those living with chronic health conditions such as asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, chronic pain and even those who are chronically poor sleepers.

Writing about stressful events has long been known to cause improvements in health and psychological well-being.  Research published in the American Psychological Association (APA) study “Journal of Experimental Psychology: General”, found that expressive writing reduces intrusive and avoidant thoughts about negative events and improves brain function and working memory.

These improvements, researchers believe, may in turn free up our cognitive resources for other mental activities, including our ability to cope more effectively with stress.  It’s believed the decreased release of the stress hormone cortisol is at least partially responsible, one of the keys to your immune system function, or lack of function.

Another 2016 Ecancer Medical Science study reviewed by the NIH concluded that singing has huge positive psyco-social benefits of participating in a communal activity such as group singing and could lead to enhanced immune function in patients affected by cancer.

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Healthy Creative Human Mind

Summons Our Instincts

Creativity increases focus, problem solving skills, the ability to offer multiple solutions, emotional intelligence and mindfulness, and is particularly important in the workplace, and easily achievable through meditation, according to a 2014 Behavioral and Brain Functions (NIH) study.

According to a 2015 Temple University (ResearchGate) study implementation of workplace mindfulness and creativity training is recommended in a business setting. Through practice it eventually reduces the need to seek perfection which only brings disappointment, stress and anxiety and in some cases, physical pain.

The Karolinska Institute in Sweden has found a interesting connection between creative people and schizophrenics by studying the dopamine receptors in the brain, triggering a possible mechanism behind the ability of healthy highly creative people to see numerous uncommon connections in a problem-solving situation and the bizarre associations found also in schizophrenics. In other words, “thinking outside the box” to come up with multiple solutions, might be facilitated by having a somewhat less “intact box”.

We learn to trust our instincts and gain confidence as we apply our creativity weaving it into our Creative Solutions To Healthcare.  This confidence carries over into decisions we make in other areas of life.

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Healthy Imaginative Creation Through All Senses

Research is also showing that humans are hardwired or have the instinct to appreciate art, and whether you’re creating it or just appreciating it, found a BBC 2014 research “Are We hardwired To Doodle?   Art has a significant impact on the human brain.

According to neuroscientist Oshin Vartarian and the University of Toronto 2014 research, when we look at art, and areas of the brain involved in processing emotions and those that activate our pleasure and award systems, are also being engaged,  bringing us pleasure.

Creates A Sense Of Timelessness

When you are able to summon your creativity, you get into what’s known as the “flow”.

Flow is that feeling when you’re so absorbed in what you’re doing that you forget what time it is, forget all the things you’ve been worrying about, and are fully engaged in the moment and the past and the future ceases to exit, at least temperorilly.  A Harvard Medical School “Creative Thinking and the Brain” 2010 study delved into the concept of flow and amazing health and well being benefits derived, particularly in the human brain.

Benefits included reducing stress and anxiety, a boost in your mood, and even a slower heart rate according to a 2017 Frontiers Psychology reviewed by the NIH, finding showed that the flow experience is related to a faster respiratory rate, deeper respiration, moderate heart rate (HR), moderate HR variability, and moderate skin conductance.

All positive benefits!  It’s not at all easy to get into the flow state doing anything other than creating.  Making something makes you present in the here and now.  Repetitive creative motions like knitting, drawing, or writing help activate flow, and are all tasks that create a result.  A 2007 American Psychological Association 2007 PsycNET study looked at the relationship between dispositional aspects of experiencing flow and the subjective well-being of music students.

Their findings confirmed that experiencing flow is an important predictor of subjective emotional well-being.  Another American Psychological Association study done in 2019 found a direct and significant link in social relationships between well-being and healthy aging and the flow experience. And when you succeed at creating a result, no matter what it is, your brain is flooded with dopamine, the pleasure hormone which motivates you.

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Creativity Free Flowing From the Mind

And, when you’re fully in the moment, the stress hormone cortisol is kept at bay, and you’re unable to stress about the past or the future.  A Creative Research Journal (Tandfonline) 2010 study “Time and Timelessness:  Creativity in (and out of) the Temporal Dimension”, investigated the relationship of creativity and time, particularly how timelessness is related to the deep immersion state of the creative process.

Prevent Cognitive Decline In Aging

Researchers and aging experts say being creative like playing music, painting, and writing can help people live longer and stay mentally sharp as they reach their senior years. One 2006 study from The Center on Aging, Health and Humanities at The George Washington University (GW) released a report called “The Creativity and Aging Study,” 300 individuals at an average age of 80 years participated overall, ages ranged between 65 and 103 years,  with the Intervention Group, comprised of older individuals involved in a weekly participatory art program.

Analysis of the study results found that those in the intervention groups exhibited positive outcomes relative to those in the control groups. The findings looked at overall health, number of doctor visits, over-the-counter medication use, falls, morale, depression, and loneliness and all showed significant improvement revealing a positive impact on maintaining independence and on reducing dependency in the elderly.

Builds Self Confidence

Being creative boosts self-esteem, self-love, self-expression, empathy, immune function, positivity and energy, both physical and mental.  It improves mental health, memory, listening skills, coordination, cognitive function and can also improve physical fitness. For example, according to John Hopkins “Keep Your Brain Young With Music” research, listening and creating music keeps the human brain young. It offers the opportunity to view the bigger picture which promotes bigger thinking and more creativity, and also encourages a more balanced view on life.

The confidence you experience with being creative, regardless of what it is, spills over to others aspects of your life, as well, increasing your overall sense of ability while building confidence.  An example of this is restoring cognitive function in dementia patients.  Studies have shown, like an 2006 “Creativity With Dementia Patients”. Can Creativity and Art Stimulate Dementia Patients Positively?” NIH study, that creative engagement not only reduces depression and isolation, but can also help people with dementia tap back in to their personalities and sharpen their senses.

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Healthy Creative Human Mind

Another study conducted at the Drexel’s College of Nursing and Health Professions, showed that just about 45 minutes of free art-making in a studio attended by an art therapist was enough to increase a person’s self-efficacy, which is a term used to describe a person’s confidence in themselves and their ability to complete tasks.  According to Kaimal, one of the researchers, 73 percent of the participants showed a beneficial increase in their feelings of self-efficacy after completing their art.

I was surprised to see that a session as short as 45 minutes could result in a shift in self-perception,

Kaimal said.

Relieves Uncertainty and Stress

Creative living is meditative and it is a important facet of a Creative Solutions To Healthcare program.  Taking the time to use our hands, minds, and energy doing something we enjoy and that makes us happy, is of the highest importance in life.  Creativity is fun, and doing anything that brings joy reduces your stress levels and improves your quality of life and health.

The Journal Of the American Art Therapy Association (ResearchGate) ran a pilot study in 2012 on the influence of art-making on anxiety and their findings suggest that a brief period of art making can significantly reduce a person’s state of anxiety, anxiety, which may have implications for art and art therapy programs that offer methods for helping college students and others coping with stress.

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Healthy Incredible Creative Imagination

The NIH reviewed a 2018 Behavioral Science (Basel) study and the feasibility of using Creative Art Therapy (CAT) in reducing stress levels in humans and said the following:

In the context of stress prevention, the quality of efficacy studies analyzing creative arts interventions is high. Three quarters of the included studies could be allocated to evidence level I and over 80 percent found a significant improvement in one of their stress-related outcomes.

Restores The Brain’s Plasticity

Research, like a 2014 Croatian Medical Journal reviewed by the NIH, has shown that illness changes the human brain functioning.  However, that same research has also shown that with proper rehabilitation, the injured brain rewires and recovers its function, which is what is referred to as restoring “brain plasticity”.  One exciting field of study of rehabbing the brain is through art, or art therapy.

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Healthy Child Creativity “Sky Pilot”

The study in the Croatian Medical Journal and reviewed by the NIH, said that,

Treating human pathology using art gives us a tremendous alternative unique and novel option for engaging brain networks that enhance the way the brain processes information, incorporates external and internal data, and develops new efficient brain connections.

Another 2015 study by the American Academy Of Neurology reports that people who take on craft-based projects in midlife and older have a 45 percent less chance of developing cognitive issues such as dementia.

Yet another 2011 study published in the Journal Of Neurophyciatry, the NIH “Engaging in Cognitive Activities, Aging, and Mild Cognitive Impairment: A Population-Based Study” study asked what impact does leisure activities have on the brain?  It was revealed playing games, reading books and crafting could reduce your chances of developing mild cognitive impairment by 30 percent to 50 percent,  were marginally significant.  There are certain daily activities that will place you in the right frame of mind and makes it more conducive to explore rediscovering your lost creativity.

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Healthy Creative Painted Hands Faces

How To Boost Your Creativity:

Dr. Rex Jung, an assistant professor of neurosurgery at the University of New Mexico, has done extensive research like a 2010 Elsevier study, in this area and has called for better scientific tests to use in conjunction with brain imaging scans because little is known about what happens in the brain during creative bursts.

Husband-and-wife team Robert and Michele Root-Bernstein, —he’s a physiology professor, she’s a historian and creative writing teacher, —collaborated on this study of the creative process and insight into the potential of human imagination, which resulted in them co-authoring the book “Sparks Of Genius”. Their research is explored in a Harvard Business School research article. In an age characterized by an overabundance of information and over-specialization of knowledge, they say, we have to “rethink thinking”, and offers these tips for cranking up your creativity:

1.Question! Challenge! Cultivate ignorance! It’s what we don’t know and how to do we find solutions that drives creativity.
2.Practice the creative process by choosing a creative avocation or hobby or something that drives you passionately.
3.Learn best creative practices by emulating the methods of the most successful innovators. Everyone starts by copying and practice, practice, practice because practice makes perfect!
4.Specialize in breadth instead of details, principles instead of facts, and doing rather than knowing.
5.Do what makes your heart leap! Creativity is hard work, so you have to love what you do.

Supporting Creativity

Get Sufficient Physical Activity.  A 2014 Stanford study confirmed walking improves creativity. A 2014 American Psychological Association (APA) PsyNET study “Give Your Ideas Some Legs: The Positive Effect of Walking On Creative Thinking”, determined walking opens up the free flow of ideas, and it is a simple and robust solution to the goals of increasing creativity and increasing physical activity.

Get Healthy Restful Sleep. Researchgate conducted a 2015 literature review “Sleep and Creativity: A Literature Review” of 11 studies and found a positive connection between restful sleep and creativity. The findings discussed in a current 2014 Frontiers of Neuroscience study reviewed by the NIH support the idea that it is not merely the absence of conscious thought that drives incubation effects, but that during an incubation period unconscious processes contribute to creative thinking while sleeping.

Practicing Meditation or Yoga Everyday.  According to a 2016 Harvard Health “Now and Zen” study, practicing mindfulness can change your brain, open it to creativity, and improve your health. Certain meditation techniques can promote creative thinking, even if you have never meditated before.

A 2014 Leiden University study determined there is a clear indication that you don’t need to be an experienced meditator to profit more from meditation. The findings support the belief that meditation can have a long-lasting influence on human cognition, including how we conceive new ideas.

Take Breaks From Technology. According to 2011 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign research, taking breaks or a diversion from being creative vastly improves focus.

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Spend Time In Nature. A 2018 study in the Journal of Environmental Psychology (ScienceDirect) confirmed the creativity benefits of nature with attention restoration and mind wandering.

Do Something Enjoyable and Laugh Everyday. Listening to happy, positive, arousing music, created the most original solutions, according to a 2017 PLOS study.

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Healthy Nutrient-Dense Food Variety

Summon Your Confidence, Your Talents, your subconscious brain. According to a 2009 University of South Australia (ResearchGate) study, to find solutions to puzzling creativity questions, turn it over to the subconscious mind for creative solutions. Here is a great “Higher Self” video covering finding creative solutions or ideas by tapping into the subconscious mind.

Commit Time To Exploring Your Creativity (*)
Overcome Negative Attitudes and Fears that block your creativity. Using positive psychology or positive thinking enhancing creativity, according to a 2019 Positive Psychology Program study.

A recent 2018 Journal of Intelligence study reviewed by the NIH found that creativity should be used as “a stepping stone” to a brighter future! Two exemplar ways that are discussed in this study are how creativity help people lead happier and more meaningful lives and also focus a spotlight on talented members of underrepresented groups who are overlooked by traditional measures.

Both of these directions can lead to a world that is better equipped to solve larger issues. A mens Sana Monographs 2011 study reviewed by the NIH looked at creativity and unconscious connection and what psychological processes or environmental circumstance cause creative insights to occur, and how is it related to conscious and unconscious processes, particularly unconscious processes which play an important role in achieving creative insights.

The “chaos system” or self-organizing system is dynamic, and changes arise spontaneously and frequently produce something new. Seen within this context, the human brain is the ultimate self-organizing system, and creativity is one of its most important emergent properties. Some examples of the chaos system at work are flocking of birds, the schooling of fish and the changing global ecosystem.

How To Make the Best Of Your Creativity

Make A Commitment to Find Your Creativity (*)

Learn All You Can About Your Creativity Interest (*)

Be Willing To Take Risks and Make Mistakes (Fight Your Fear Of Failure) (*)

Realize and Accept That Most Problems Have Multiple Solutions (*)

Keep A Creative Journal On Your Progress (*)

Challenge Yourself and Create Opportunities for Creativity (*)

Look At the “Pros” and “Cons” Of Your New Project (*)

Embrace Sources of Inspiration (*)

Keep An Open Mind and Consider Alternative Scenarios (*)

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Couple Enjoying Healthy Restful Sleep

Use the “Snowball Effect” (one creative idea leads to another) (*)

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For a little inspiration, here are some amazing quotes on “Creativity”

The creative adult is the child who survived.

— Ursula Leguin

The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul.

— Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Everything you can imagine is real.

— Pablo Picasso

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Healthy Fun With Kids

Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.

— Mary Lou Cook

(*) For more information each of these concepts and daily activities listed above read this article: “Creative For Life”.   The links provided are separate articles written relating to each concept or activity.

We hope you’ve enjoyed reading “Creative Solutions To Healthcare”  and why you should dig deep-down and find  your creativity and bring it back into your life, if you haven’t already.  What are your thoughts?

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