The Challenge: Engage in a Creative Pursuit

Why?

Involvement in creative activities is associated with the concept of “flow,” a state characterized by deep concentration and a heightened sense of enjoyment, contributing to improved mental well-being. Stuckey and Nobel (2010) conducted a study revealing that participation in the arts, including creative endeavors, is linked to enhanced psychological resilience and overall mental health. Additionally, creative engagement has been shown to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.*

 

How?

You don’t have to be artist to enjoy creative pursuits. The point of a creative activities isn’t always the end result. As illustrated by the research, it’s the journey that can have the most impact on your life. We often think of creativity in relation to the arts, but lots of other interests fall under this category. Gardening and cooking are wonderful creative pursuits. Doing genealogical research to build a family tree is a creative pursuit. Redecorating your living space is a creative pursuit. The important thing is to discover a passion of yours and incorporate it into your life.

 

Looking to be more creative? There tons of local organizations providing classes for all levels and in all areas of creative endeavors. Most of these non-profit organizations have FREE classes, or pay what you can, and even scholarships for those who may not be able to afford it.  Click on the organizations names be taken to their websites:

*Csikszentmihalyi, M. (1996). Flow and the psychology of discovery and invention. New York: HarperCollins.

*Stuckey, H. L., & Nobel, J. (2010). The connection between art, healing, and public health: A review of current literature. American Journal of Public Health, 100(2), 254-263. https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2008.156497

*Fancourt, D., & Finn, S. (2019). What is the evidence on the role of the arts in improving health and well-being? A scoping review. Copenhagen: WHO Regional Office for Europe. https://www.euro.who.int/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/404979/What-is-the-evidence-on-the-role-of-the-arts-in-improving-health-and-well-being.pdf