The nature of the emotional state of a human is subjective. How people qualify happiness is relative, nevertheless we are all accustomed to hearing (sometimes in our heads) “I wish I had the time to…,” an expression of resigned discontent. Commitments to family, friends, and profession divert our time from personal pursuits. Even when we do have the time, creative activities like playing music or drawing tend to fall behind watching TV, gaming or browsing through your social media posts. According to a recent study published in the Journal of Positive Psychology engaging in just one creative activity each day can increase your overall well-being.
The department of psychology at the University of Otego in New Zealand examined the relationships between creative activity, positive affect and flourishing among 658 participating students. Positive affect and flourishing are terms used in psychology to describe the mental state of a human. The extent to which an individual subjectively experiences positive moods such as joy, interest, and alertness is referred to as positive affect. Flourishing denotes human functioning that implies goodness, growth, and resilience. Analysis of the collected data suggests that partaking in creative activities leads to increases in well-being the next day. The elevated well being that makes one feel more energetic and enthusiastic in turn facilitates more creativity. This propagation of well-being and creativity positively prodding each other is alluded to by the researchers as an “upward spiral of well being and creativity.”
Creativity can be any novel or an original idea or traditional artistic endeavor. The most common examples from the study were songwriting; creative writing; knitting and crochet; making new recipes; painting, drawing, and sketching; graphic and digital design; and musical performance. Spending sometimes daily engaging in one of the aforementioned activities made the participants of the research feel better emotionally. You can also learn a new creative skill. Numerous instructional videos and self-help books can get you started in a new daily inventive undertaking. A relevant example is a trend that caught on in the recent past with adult coloring books. According to Nielsen Bookscan, 12 million adult coloring books were sold in 2015, and American adults spent more than $128.2 million on colored pencils between 2015 and 2016 that saw many people spending their downtime focusing on a creative activity.
Most of us at some point in our lives would have had a modicum of interest in some creative hobby. Maybe an impressionist art course you took as an elective in college or a plaque you carved in wood shop in high school had peaked your interest at the time, and you want to take a stab at it again. Ultimately, making an effort and allotting some time each day to pursue a creative activity you enjoy is bound to increase your overall well-being.