Everyone has the capacity to create something. You just have to observe children to know this to be true. Left to their own devices, kids come up with all kinds of things. They can weave stories, play pretend, make materials for an imaginary house when they play pretend, and more. Children seem to have an inexhaustible source of ideas. They imagine. They do things. They make things. They have fun. Artists, in many ways, are like children. They never stopped creating. But what happened to everyone else? Does talent alone define who should create? We think not. Creativity should be nurtured regardless of talent. It is when we tap into our creative side that we experience its many positive effects.
1. Fuels creative thinking
Clichés like thinking outside the box happens in the creative plane. Creating something fuels creative thinking. It teaches us to explore ideas without fear. It develops our abilities to view the world through different lenses. It broadens our perspectives. And the more we practice it, the more we hone our ability to think beyond the usual.
2. Promotes self-expression
No art is the same regardless of how similar they look at first glance. Every piece we create is unique. Every moment spent in making something is an expression of the self. Creating is a form of genuine self-expression. It draws from the deepest recesses of our minds that we may be aware of.
3. Experience the “Flow”
Wikipedia defines flow as “the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity.” Artists also often refer to it as “the zone”. Only those who have experienced it fully understand how it feels. Creativity allows us to experience the flow and benefit from the positive feelings it brings.
4. Relieves stress
Art is an excellent stress reliever. It reduces stress regardless if we are creating or simply appreciating it. Many studies have shown the correlation between art and positivity. It dispels negative feelings and improves our outlook in life.
Art can be a tool or a process for self-empowerment. Making art gives us a sense of accomplishment. It boosts our confidence. It encourages us to explore our creative side more thus making us more courageous to make things we did not think possible.