Creativity is something that many of us disregard and don’t even see as something of importance in our everyday life. We are taught to work hard, study hard and to fit into the society ... but who encourages our creativity to grow? Who encourages us to value the awesome pleasure of the creative process, to express our creativity, and to make our spirits thrive? Many of us have almost forgotten that we have the ability and the birthright to be creative.
Furthermore, the impact of creativity can be seen in our physical body as well. Most people are not aware that creativity actually keeps our brain healthy, which is one of the most important aspects of ageless living. Creativity allows us to maintain the integrity of our neural networks even into old age. Not only can creativity help us live longer, but it can improve our quality of health and life as well.
Creativity literally means the ability to create ... and the root meaning of the word means ‘to grow’. .. living fully, openly, deeply is a creative act. Creativity is the ability to generate new ideas by combining, changing, or reapplying existing ideas. It is the ability to see different possibilities and to imagine something new.
Creativity is immensely important in our everyday life. Researchers have found that creativity and the willingness to entertain novel ideas, is emerging as a lifelong protective factor - it decreases negative emotions, reduces stress and anxiety. Studies also 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. One possible reason creativity is protective of health is because it draws on a variety of neural networks within the brain and keeps the brain healthy, and gives us the awareness of what else is possible. ... read more @ Scientific American.
I have made creativity an essential ingredient in my life and in my business. Creativity helps me see things from multiple points of view instead of coming from a linear, logical approach. Creativity is very important in my life because it is what makes my life generative and joyful. It keeps me constantly wondering and being the question to discover new and better ways. Without creativity there can be no innovation, life would be dull, frustrating, and accompanied by a sense that something vital was missing.
Creativity is not just about making something, it is also about having flexibility in points of view and a willingness to play with ideas and possibilities. Creativity expands our awareness and along with expanded awareness comes new ways of problem solving. From my own experience, creativity helps me to better deal with uncertainty and become a better problem solver in all areas of my life and work. I have discovered that creativity is one of the most powerful tools for us to learn to see different possibilities. It is one of the most valuable resources we have for making any new discoveries, in fields as diverse as leadership, medicine, technology, and art.