Nurturing your creative side can have a profound impact on your professional and personal development. This week on Grantchat, Kimberly Tso, GPC lead the community discussion on nurturing your creative side and the impact of creativity on our personal and professional endeavors and attitudes.
What is the Impact of Creativity?
The first question we tackled was, ‘Why?’. Why are we talking about nurturing creativity and what are the benefits of being purposeful about prioritizing creative activities and time in our busy schedules. Creativity can improve health, both physical and psychological. (Lepore & Smyth, 2002; )
Who is Creative?
Do you think of yourself as a creative person? Interestingly, we often think of the term creativity to describe someone who is a talented artist, designer, writer, or other gifted artistic – but, creativity is inherent in every person. Each day, we adapt, we learn, we improvise, we solve problems, and we create. The impact of creativity is incredible as it affects our well-being, our personal growth, and development as well as our productivity and the ability to advance in our careers.
If you don’t think of yourself as a creative person – think again!
Ruth Richards of Saybrook University and Harvard Medical School, coined the term “everyday creativity.” Richards maintains that every person must use creativity everyday to survive – and thrive. In her book, ‘Everyday Creativity and New Views of Human Nature: Psychological, Social and Spiritual Perspectives,’ Ruth Richards writes,
“Everyday creativity is…fundamental to our very survival. With our everyday creativity, we adapt flexibly; we improvise, we try different options, whether we are raising a child, counseling a friend, fixing our home, or planning a fundraising event.”
“Our creativity may involve anything from making breakfast to solving a major conflict with one’s boss,” she writes in a chapter on everyday creativity for “The Cambridge Handbook of Creativity.”
Developing your creativity can be an exercise and a process. When do you feel most creative? What is the impact of creativity on your well-being or your personal or professional growth? What activities feel ‘creative’ to you?
We have a quick exercise to help you be purposeful in giving yourself more space and time to embrace your creativity!