Creativity

Creativity can come in many forms. From the creative expression displayed in e.g. music, art and writing to the creative thinking shown by those that are open to change, who seek out new ideas and can see more than one solution to a challenge.

Creativity takes confidence to try things out, a certain level of openness to failure and acceptance that not everyone may like our ideas. It embodies the desire to think outside the box and explore a different path. Our world has been shaped by creativity and innovation – from scientific research and advancements, the design and creation of innovative products, to the artwork, music and literature we appreciate and find meaning in.

“Creativity is intelligence having fun…”

Albert Einstein

Research suggests that expressing and exploring your creativity can have many well-being benefits such as improving your mood, increasing experiences of positive emotions and generating feelings of self-competence. Being creative can give you a sense of meaning and purpose and deepen your connection with other people.  

Below are some questions to get you thinking about how you view your current level of creativity. Can you identify the last time you…

  • Were open to new experiences and ideas?
  • Thought of multiple solutions to a challenge?
  • Took a curious and playful approach to problem solving?
  • Enjoyed expressing your creativity in some form. How?

Creativity is recognised as a VIA character strength – one that is valued across cultures and time. If you want to know where creativity falls in your personal character strengths profile, you can explore their free strengths questionnaire.  

Like most things, our creativity can be enhanced with some effort. Ideas to begin to grow your creative side include:

  • Break your routine and try new experiences
  • Be curious – play, daydream, mind-map your ideas and see where they lead you
  • Ask open questions and enjoy listening to different perspectives  
  • Set time aside to be creative (whatever that looks like to you!)

While nurturing your own creativity, look for and appreciate creativity in other people – both those you know and those you don’t. From friends, family members, colleagues or public figures – there’s creativity out there to inspire you…

Further Reading

Kaufman, S. B., & Gregoire, C. (2016). Wired to create: Unraveling the mysteries of the creative mind. Penguin.

Robinson, K. (2017). Out of our minds: The power of being creative. Third Edition. Wiley & Sons Ltd.

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