On Creativity

Many people make the mistake of thinking that to be creative one needs to be 'artistic.' In reality, we can express our creativity simply by doing activities we enjoy and creating things based on our interests. The positive benefits of being creative are often more valuable when they are not linked to the pressures of our work and may include writing, cooking, craft, singing, gardening, photography, decorating our homes or daydreaming.

There is an increasing amount of research to show that creativity can help increase brain function, improve mood and self-image and reduce stress levels. There are also studies showing that participation in, and exposure to, creative activities can have significant positive impacts on physical healing, as well as alleviating depression and anxiety.

'Veronica Veronese' - Dante Gabriel Rossetti.


Below are links and resources for those wishing to explore creativity further. There is information about creativity theory, the benefits of creativity, how to inspire creativity in others and inspiration for those wishing to be more creative in their own lives.


Websites

The Creativity Post
Defining Creativity
The Second Principle
Creativity at Work


Articles

Creativity

Stop Sugar-coating Creativity!
What Makes People Creative?
Want to Foster Creativity in Children? Science Says, “Nurture Curiosity!”
How to keep our children (and adults) from losing their creativity
The Creativity Crisis: It’s Getting Worse
Study Shows We Are Born Creative Geniuses But The ‘Education’ System Dumbs Us Down
New Study Finds Student Creativity is at Risk at School
Creative people physically see and process the world differently
If You Can't Imagine Things, How Can You Learn?
How Being Bored Out Of Your Mind Makes You More Creative
Leaders agree: Creativity will be 3rd most important work skill by 2020
Physicist David Bohm on Creativity
Every Child is an Artist by Nature
How to Raise a Creative Child. Step One: Back Off
9 Different Takes on How Creative People Really Work
What If Kids Avoid or Struggle with Creativity?
The Creative Thinking Myth


Curiosity and Creativity
Why Curiosity Leads to Creative Breakthroughs
Elizabeth Gilbert on the Link Between Creativity and Curiosity
How Curiosity Cultivates Creativity
The Psychological Reason That Curiosity Leads to Creative Breakthroughs

 
Curiosity
The Power of Curiosity
5 Benefits of Being a Creative Person
10 Reasons Why You Should Be Curious
The Curious Case of Curiosity and its Intrinsic Link to a Happier Existence
Why Curiosity Enhances Learning
How the Power of Interest Drives Learning
Real Learning is a Creative Process
What’s Going on Inside the Brain Of A Curious Child?
Ditch Facebook And Make Yourself Smarter With These 10 Hottest Learning Sites


Innovation

Want To Innovate? Science Says, “Be Spontaneous”
Innovation Programs In Schools Can Help Kids Learn More Than Just Facts


Creativity and Wellbeing

Creativity and Mental Illness - Psychology Today
I thought my career as a doctor was over. It was the arts that saved me.
Mindfulness for the Creative Individual
Doing Something Creative Can Boost Your Well-Being
How to do what you love and make good money


Creativity Theory

Creativity Theories Relevant to Innovation
The 5 Major Theories of Creativity
The Five Major Theories of Creativity
A comparative view of creativity theories: Psychoanalytic, Behavioristic and Humanistic.
The 4Ps of Creativity - Creativity Theory
Creative Problem Solving Model
Eric Kandel: Creativity, Your Brain, and the Aha! Moment - Video
Definitions of Creativity
What Exactly is Creativity?
What Is Creativity? Cultural Icons on What Ideation Is and How It Works


Books

The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything - Ken Robinson
Thinkertoys: A Handbook for Creative Techniques - Michael Michalco
Cracking Creativity: The Secrets of Creative Genius - Michael Michalco
Serious Creativity - Edward de Bono
How to Have Creative Ideas - Edward de Bono
Teach Yourself to Think - Edward de Bono
The Innovator's Mindset - George Couros
Teaching Creativity - Abigail Flesch Connors
Creating Innovators - Tony Wagner
Innovation is a State of Mind - James O'Loghlin
Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience - Mihaly Csikszentmihaly
Big Magic - Elizabeth Gilbert
The Artist's Way - Julia Cameron


Education Resources

Arts Integration: Resource Roundup - Edutopia
7 Tenets of Creative Thinking
What Creativity Really Is - and Why Schools Need It
Teaching For Creativity: Two Dozen Tips
30 Things You Can Do To Promote Creativity
30 Ways to Inspire Divergent Thinking
40 Ways to Make Time for Classroom Creativity in Your Lesson Plans
The Second Principle
Explaining Creativity to Kids
Thinkers Keys - Tony Ryan
Creative Education Foundation
Why Creativity in the Classroom Matters More Than Ever
Creativity and Creative Thinking Lessons
Design Thinking
Tony Ryan Thinkers Keys for Kids

"What is creative living?
Any life that is driven more
strongly by curiosity
than by fear."
~ ~ ~
Elizabeth Gilbert - 'Big Magic'

Goddess Saraswati by Raja Ravi Varma
Loved by artists and students, Saraswati is the Hindu
goddess of knowledge, music art and wisdom.

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