According to a recent Inc. article, the secret to staying young is creativity.
“Continuing to be creative is exactly what’s keeping me going as I get older,” says author Stephen Kay. All too often, we get caught in the day-to-day hustle of life, and we forget to try new things and be creative. But, don’t fret: There are ways to get creative and reconnect with yourself. Kay uses Isaac Waksul, a 68-year-old passionate entrepreneur, as an example of how creativity can keep you young. “Remembering to ask why and why not. These are questions little children ask. As we grow older, we forget about them. Why is something done this way? Why not? Why isn’t it done that way? When you ask yourself these questions, you just feel younger again,” Waksul said.
Creativity is something we all seek, and we each have innate ways of expressing our creative sides. This applies even if you don’t think you have an ounce of creativity⏤yes, really. So, whatever your approach to boosting your personal creativity, do more of it. Being creative doesn’t happen overnight. It requires time⏤and of course, there’s that other dreaded word: commitment. But don’t stress: This doesn’t have to be a total life turnaround in a day. A couple little hacks, recommended by Creativity Guru and CEO of Brit+Co, Brit Morin include doodling at your desk, listening to music, and taking a power nap. Easy enough? We thought so.
Ahead, we share 5 more ways to boost your personal creativity and reconnect with yourself.
1. EXPLORE YOUR CITY WITH A CAMERA
Even if you aren’t a very good photographer, exploring your pwn neighborhood with a camera can be cathartic and inspiring. Whether you’re a love of photography and take photos all the time, or you’re a newbie, photography is a great way to spark creativity.
1. CONNECT WITH LIKE MINDED INDIVIDUALS
It’s a big world out there, so you’re sure to find more than a handful of people who don’t agree with you⏤and while it is important to have constructive criticism in your life, it is even more important to have supporters with similar beliefs, attitudes, and values. These are the people that will be cheering you on from the sidelines. Today it is so easy to find like-minded individuals through online forums and social media.
3. ATTEND A TRADE SHOW
When you find an area of passion, surround yourself with it. One of the best ways to get your creative juices flowing is by attending trade shows. No matter the area of interest, trade shows are filled with palpable passion and energy⏤and that translates into fine-tuned creativity.
4, SURROUND YOURSELF WITH YOUNG PEOPLE
If you’re looking for some new inspiration, turning to a younger generation can help. while they don’t hold all the secrets, young people do know what the latest trend in which may help your creativity.
You’ve definitely heard this one before: get moving. If you get your body moving, your mind will follow. Anything from a 5-minute dance party to everyday exercise, is great. Working out will help expand your mind, and this will open it up to creativity.
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