Did you know that creativity is one of the most important qualities that a person can have?
Many of us don’t. Many of us ignore the aspects of our creativity, what it can offer and why it’s important within our everyday lives.
It might surprise you to know that human beings are essentially born to be creative in order to help us find innovative ways to negotiate life. We however, are taught to work hard, study hard and fit into ‘society’, but who encourages us to use our creativity to grow?
By applying creativity to your everyday life, you can make life infinitely more interesting and fulfilling.
What is creativity?
First things first. What actually is creativity?
Creativity is a process involving the generation of new ideas or concepts, new associations between existing ideas or concepts, and their substantiation into a product that has novelty and originality. From a scientific point of view, the products of creative thought (sometimes referred to as divergent thought) are usually considered to have both “originality” and “appropriateness.” An alternative, more everyday conception of creativity is that it is simply the act of making something new.
Although intuitively a simple phenomenon, creativity is in fact quite complex.
Even though we mostly think of creativity as the making of something, the root meaning of the word actually means ‘to grow’.
Yes, the etymological root of the word in English and most other European languages comes from the Latin creatus, which literally means “to have grown.”
Why is it important in everyday life?
We know what creativity is, but why is it important in everyday life?
The truth is, when we are creative, we feel as if the world and all that is in it is vibrantly alive! With creativity in your everyday life, you free your mind up to think in new and exciting ways.
The most creative people find ways around obstacles, because they see them not as roadblocks but as opportunities. Being creative, expands our perceptions and along with expanded perceptions come new ways of problem solving.
Creativity is about living life as a journey into seeing and communicating the extra-ordinariness of the simplest, most every day acts. It is also a way of living life that embraces originality and makes unique connections between seemingly disparate ideas.
Essentially, creativity is a tool that can make work fun, life easier, save you from boredom, and help you to feel more fulfilled. Creativity will challenge your mind, enhance your brain, and give you the ability to think outside of the box.
The impact of creativity can be seen in our physical body and keeps our brain healthy too, which is one of the most important aspects of ageless living. Not only can creativity help us live longer, it can improve our quality of health and life too.
So, why wouldn’t you want to add some creativity to your everyday life?
How can you be more creative?
Want to add some creativity to your life, but not quite sure how?
Simply start by spending more time creating! Here are some examples:
- Try your hand at arts and crafts
- Learn to look at situations differently
- Cook new recipes or create your very own
- Challenge your thoughts
- Redecorate a room in your home
- Don’t be afraid to be original
- Take more photos of things and places, not people
- Find a problem to solve
- Take up painting or pottery
- Talk to someone with a difference of opinion
- Write a story, song lyrics or a poem
So, you see, by applying creative thinking to your everyday life, you really can make life infinitely more interesting and fulfilling.
I encourage you to use your creativity to grow. Even if you don’t think you have a creative bone in your body…You do, you just need to wake it up!
Ready to get creative?
Or perhaps you want a little more help getting started?