On Creativity

Creativity is defined as 'the use of imagination or original ideas to create something.' It involves inventiveness, innovation, originality and resourcefulness. and is an important element of a healthy life. As humans we are creative by nature and in order to live a healthy life it is important to find opportunities to express ourselves creatively. There is an increasing amount of research to show that creativity can help increase brain functioning, improve mood and self-image and reduce stress levels. There are also studies that show that participation in, and exposure to, creative activities can have significant positive impacts on healing as well as alleviating depression and anxiety.

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 things 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.

'Veronica Veronese' by Dante Gabriel Rossetti is said
to depict the artistic soul in the act of creation.


Below are a range of resources for those withing 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

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


Theories of Creativity

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

Defining Creativity

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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