What comes to mind when you think of being creative?
Do you think that it is frivolous and unnecessary?
Do you think of it as being indulgent or selfish?
Or is it something only liberal arts majors think about?
The truth is that creativity is vital to being a successful person in or out of a boardroom. Sure, creativity can be linked to different mediums like painting, music, writing, crafts or anything you do with your hands, but creativity plays a vital part in all areas of knowledge and business. Doctors have to be creative with finding cures, physicists have to be creative when forming theories, CEOs have to be creative when inspiring their employees and making new products, parents have to be creative to get their kids to brush their teeth… the list goes on and on.
Creativity simply makes you a better a problem solver.
And isn’t that what we all do on a daily basis? Looking for patterns, thinking up different possible solutions and trying out different scenarios all requires creativity. The best people in business, the best parents and the most successful adults are all great problem solvers.
“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” Albert Einstein
Creativity is a great stress reliever.
Detaching from the outcome and enjoying the journey is not only a spiritual law, but while you are lost in taking a photo or doodling or painting on a canvas your cortisol levels can drop and your blood pressure can lower. Creating is a lot like meditating. It requires you to be in the NOW and not tomorrow morning, not a week from now or not 10 years from now, but now.
Creativity is good for your brain.
According to a study from the American Academy of Neurology Journal, people that are active in craft-based activities such as sewing, woodworking and ceramics in midlife and old age, are 45% less likely to encounter cognitive issues later in life.
Other studies have also found that creating can aid people with depression, PTSD, Parkinson’s disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.
Creativity is fun.
Having fun may sound frivolous to some, but it is vital to your own well-being. Having fun on a regular basis makes you a better spouse, partner, parent, family member, friend and citizen because you are HAPPIER!
Creativity is good for your social life.
When you have a creative hobby, you want to talk about it and learn more about it so that leads you to find people that are into your same thing. And what better conversation starter is there than your hobby? It gives you a common ground to speak from and can help to build lifelong friendships.
Creativity has a lot of great benefits. You may think you’re not creative or don’t have the time to be creative, but I think taking a look at these benefits you really can’t afford not to try.