June 3, 2022
Design a Better Life Through Creativity - Part 1

What is Creativity?

If you’re not exercising your creativity you're wasting your time, your life.
You need creativity in your life.
You need it the way you need purpose and meaning. If you don’t have them, {science shows} {well let’s just say} there’s a {whole} lot of empty going on inside.

But if that’s not enough to convince you, then you should at least understand that there are serious and legitimate benefits to creativity. A whole shit-ton of benefits. [Where I’m from,] That’s a lot of benefits.
But before we dive into that, [let’s agree on what we’re talking about..]

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This whole enterprise is based on Creativity:
  • How to use your creativity to build a better life.
  • Ways to develop your creativity to its fullest.
  • How to use it in and apply it to your own life.
  • How to create.
  • What to create.
  • Getting inspired by those who create. Inspiring others to create.

Great! Sign me up.
But what is “creativity''? What the hell am I talking about?

Here’s a definition I like: 

“Creativity is the practice of combining or rearranging two or more unlikely things in new and useful ways.”

It’s just taking a few random things and cramming them together, and anything else you can find, until they make something that works.

And this one:

"Creativity is the act of turning new and imaginative ideas into reality. Creativity is characterized by the ability to perceive the world in new ways, to find hidden patterns, to make connections between seemingly unrelated phenomena, and to generate solutions. Creativity involves two processes: thinking, then producing."

Thinking, dreaming, imagining.
Making, playing, creating.

Dreaming. Doing.
Imagining. Creating.

[Or as my kid would do it] [As the kids call it these days…]: Imagine. Play.
Or as all the cool kids, and my kid, and just about every kid calls it: Play
Or as the cool kids are calling it these days (and my kid, and just about every other kid): Play
Or as the cool kids, and my kid, and just about every other kid are calling it these days [and have been calling it since forever]: Play.

So, when I say Creativity, I envision these two things:
The ability to imagine and the ability to create.
To dream and to do.
I am talking about thinking creatively, and actively creating.
Sometimes they’re interchangeable, and sometimes they’re two separate things working together, kind of like PB & J.
Or [Olivia] Newton John & [John] Travolta.
Honey & Mustard.
Hustle & Flow.
Perceive the world in new ways, make connections between seemingly unrelated phenomena, and generate solutions. Turn new and imaginative ideas into reality.
The mental ability to think creatively and the physical ability to create something are two actions: mental and physical.
And action is a key word in both.

But we’ll get to that.

First, let’s get back to that shit-ton of benefits.
Why is it that creativity is so important to your health and happiness and that of your family?

Why does Creativity matter?

The short answer is that you can improve your life by doing something creative.

Tap your creativity.
Develop your mindset. Start a creative practice.
Become a more creative version of yourself.

If that’s enough for you and you’re in, click here to get started.

If you want to learn more about the benefits of a creative practice on your health, productivity, and happiness, click here to read more.
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About the Author Nona Bird

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