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Creativity = Happiness

I believe that everyone is creative.  And actively engaging in creative pursuits leads to happiness.  My hope is that through this blog I am helping to nurture creativity.

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Resources

Characteristics of Highly Creative People by Jeffrey Paul Baumgartner

The Creativity Post  – The Creativity Post is a non-profit web platform committed to sharing the very best content on creativity, in all of its forms: from scientific discovery to philosophical debate, from entrepreneurial ventures to educational reform, from artistic expression to technological innovation – in short, to all the varieties of the human experience that creativity brings to life.

Born To Explore – Alternative and positive views on the topic of Attention Deficit “Disorder”.  Are we mislabeling right-brained creative thinkers?  Maybe ADD is a gift and not a disorder.

Nurturing Creativity Blog by Denise Urena

Five Principles of Creativity by Greg Satell

The Creative Spark – 10 TED Talks for a Burst of Inspiration

What Makes Us Happy? – 9 TED Talks with Surprising Answers

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“Flow” is the Secret to Happiness

I find joy — that sense of being in “flow” when I can immerse myself in a creative endeavor.  It’s about emergence and simply enjoying the process.   It can be so easy to get caught up in the productivity trap — an overemphasis on the end result. A “flow” experience is about living in the moment.  It’s about the spark of inspiration and the joy of creativity.  It’s about asking “what if” and experimenting. No rules. No deadline. No need for perfection. That’s the joy of freeform fiber art for me.  It’s the  difference between being a manufacturer and being an artist.  There are times to follow a pattern and times to create a new pattern. Times to take a pattern and turn it upside down and inside out. Time to be in flow.

Mihaly Cskiszentmihali is a professor and the director of the Quality of Life Research Center at Claremont Graduate University, and the author of several books on the topic of “flow”.

  • Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly (1990). Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience. New York: Harper and Row.
  • Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly (1994). “The Evolving Self”, New York: Harper Perennial
  • Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly (1996). Creativity : Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention. New York: Harper Perennial.
  • Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly (1998). Finding Flow: The Psychology of Engagement With Everyday Life. Basic Books.

Here is the blurb from his TED Talks video – Flow Is The Secret to Happiness:

“Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi asks, “What makes a life worth living?” Noting that money cannot make us happy, he looks to those who find pleasure and lasting satisfaction in activities that bring about a state of “flow.” Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi has contributed pioneering work to our understanding of happiness, creativity, human fulfillment and the notion of “flow” — a state of heightened focus and immersion in activities such as art, play and work.”

View the video below (20 minutes):

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Are Schools Killing Creativity?

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