We have a problem in our country right now. Like the energy crisis of the 1970s, we now have a creativity crisis brewing in our schools. And in as little as ten years it will directly affect all businesses, particularly in marketing. However, I have a possible solution. Let’s reframe how we look at creativity in public schools from a series of downstream talents (e.g. music, theater and the visual arts) to a more upstream lifeskill that can be applied to all aspects of a student’s life …
When faced with a creative block, common wisdom suggests you go for a walk, exercise, even take a nap. All three have a common thread, of course: creating distance and taking a mental break from the task at hand. So it stands to reason that really getting away, say, on a vacation, would be the ultimate cure, right? For the deskbound wanderlusters among us, the answer is thankfully, yes. New research suggests travel can increase your levels of creativity and cause an uptick in your mind’s ability to produce positive thoughts, leading you to a happier, more inspired version of you.
The more I hear evidence like this, the more I question why the homes & hospitals we Americans tend to put our Senior Citizens in, have bare walls and allow solitary lifestyles. Activity rooms focus on mundane activities instead of creative pursuits. Why is it we just don’t “get” this? When will it change? Healing & Wellness includes the betterment of the soul – and we all know ART is what feeds the soul. Why are we starving our Seniors of this requirement?
A few weeks ago, turning on the radio, I hear a voice saying that creative writing can help wounds heal faster. Startled, I turn the volume up. Volunteers were given small wounds; half were then asked to write about something distressing in their life, the other half about something mundane. The wounds of the confessional writers healed substantially more quickly. A thought or a feeling is felt on the skin. Our minds, which have power over our bodies, are in our bodies and are our bodies: we cannot separate
A very interesting read!
The human-machine dynamic is often framed in terms of conflict. At least that’s how it feels these days. We’re fighting the machines everywhere—certainly in the movies, but also on the Go board, on the Jeopardy! stage, and in the workplace. You can’t even make a travel reservation or read your email without wondering, Was that sent by a bot or a real person?