Creativity is a highly sought after job pre-requisite in the modern world and yet it seems to also be discouraged. There are templates for this, specific wording for that, a code to adhere to and methodologies to follow. Absolutely those things are there for good reasons, but they also tend to restrict us into guided ways of thinking.
How often do you hear someone say there’s nothing to do on a weekend? NOTHING? Seriously? There are infinite things to create, build, research, explore, play, talk and do. And this can all become apparent with a little brain training and modulated thinking.
The difficulty in creativity is that someone is required to “create” something from nothing. An idea, a course of action or an object. That requires effort, what I like to call a Pull-action because we are required to reach out and “pull” what we want. Society, with access to internet and marketing and information is all about “push”. Concepts, how-to’s, templates are all PUSHED AT US, requiring not as much effort on our behalf.
“Creativity Is a phenomenon whereby something new and somehow valuable is formed. The created item may be intangible (such as an idea, a scientific theory, a musical composition or a joke) or a physical object (such as an invention, a literary work or a painting).”
The neuroscience of creativity looks at the operation of the brain during creative behaviour. It has been addressed in the article “Creative Innovation: Possible Brain Mechanisms.” The authors write that “creative innovation might require coactivation and communication between regions of the brain that ordinarily are not strongly connected.” Highly creative people who excel at creative innovation tend to differ from others in three ways:
- they have a high level of specialized knowledge,
- they are capable of divergent thinking mediated by the frontal lobe.
- and they are able to modulate neurotransmitters such as norepinephrine in their frontal lobe.
Thus, the frontal lobe appears to be the part of the cortex that is most important for creativity.
Stimulus – Keeping the Brain Young
The thing is, like any skill, if you don’t train and foster creativity – it gets worse. We lose the ability to problem-solve with out of the box solutions. We are unable to conceptualise new ideas. We are unable to find things to do on weekends without assistance 🙂
The rise of brain-training institutions is a signal of this trend with companies like “Lumosity” providing brain training applications to get the brain connections firing in unique ways. One of my favourite such applications which is surprisingly difficult for a lot of people is naming colour words that are written in a different Font Colour.
Let me be clearer. What COLOUR are each of the following words…..not What is the WORD – WHAT COLOUR are they written in. Grin.
What you can do
The thing is too that keeping the brain plastic and flexible will enable you to achieve so much more in every day life. You will begin to see things in a new light. You will engage with other people differently and more insightfully. You will explore new avenues of interest in free time because the concept of those interests actually becomes apparent.
For all the adults who ask for a kids menu just so they can color, there’s good news: There are entire coloring books just for grown ups, and they’re gaining popularity, with two adult coloring books currently topping Amazon’s bestseller lists.
The recent release of illustrator Johanna Basford’s second coloring book for adults, entitled Enchanted Forest, received a flurry of publicity, aligning with recent research suggesting that adults benefit from play breaks. Similar creative outlets for adults have cropped up in various parts of the world, including an adult preschool, an adult ball pit, and laughter clubs.
Psychologists told the Huffington Post that, by engaging multiple parts of the brain, coloring allows us to focus on the lines, movements, and colors in front of us, use our imaginations and be creative, and de-stress.
Or check out this article: 15 Weekend Projects Under $20
For some great creative ideas that will surely lead to some other home improvements of your own. Take inspiration from these. Let your mind wander and the creative juices flow. Do some research of your own. Once you give the mind a kickstart, its amazing where it will take you.
Creative for Creativities Sake
To summarise friends – let us not be the age where we fall into routine. Take a drive out somewhere for no reason other than to see what’s there. Buy a starter robot kit and see what you can program it to do. Build an epic fort with the kids.
Our minds are a beautiful thing. Lets nurture, enhance and foster the wonderful ideas that each one of us is capable of “creating”.