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Benefits of Creativity:

Studies demonstrate that, compared to a control group, creative people enjoyed these benefits:

  1. They stayed healthier longer and enjoyed health more.
  2. They required fewer visit to health care providers.
  3. They used fewer medications.
  4. They were more outgoing, more exuberant and their morale was higher.
  5. Creatives were more socially active and therefore less lonely.
  6. They appeared more optimistic.

Why Would this Be?

There seem to be four factors that are precursors to these benefits.

  1. Creative people experience more sense of control. They are proactively involved in living and therefore less reactive.
  2. Imaginative people are more socially engaged. For every year that passes, we tend to withdraw from social groups. Art and imagination draw people together and lessens the isolation factor.
  3. Artistic endeavors are by nature engaging. Art and creative activity entail “doing.” They require movement and activity, attention and focus.
  4. Art is the ultimate whole brain activity. If you have ever spent time in front of a computer screen doing brain exercise, it may have felt like your brain was actually turning to mush after a while. The activity and use of both mind and body, makes imaginative endeavors much more engaging.

Taken from:

http://www.thisoldbrain.net/health-wellness-longevity/baby-boomer-generaton/10-hidden-benefits-of-creativity/

 

Creativity and Social Connections:

 

 

 

Creative activities work great for bringing people together.

90% of happiness has nothing to do with what is happening in someone's external world. Having meaningful social connections is the most important predictor of happiness.

                                       -"The Happiness Advantage" By Shawn Achor

 Studies Show

"Social pain is as real and intense as physical pain"

Feeling socially isolated is stressful and stress switches the conscious brain off, causes anxiety and kills brain cells.

Social supports help the brain with resiliency.

Working together can help people form empathy for others.

Emotional and social intelligence are needed to promote empathy towards others. One must learn to be more aware of their own feelings.  People who are less sensitive to their own feelings are less sensitive to the feelings of others.

Our brains "imitate" the brains of people we are observing.  Not only their actions, but their emotions and intentions.  These are called mirror neurons.  We can affect others positively just by the simple act of smiling and in turn, make ourselves feel better.

The Effect of Creativity on the brain:

"Creative people have a high degree of connectivity that joins even disparate brain regions in the thinking process, thereby creating new connections."

"Movement stimulates insight and thought."

 - "Your Brain and Business. The Neuroscience of Great Leaders"  By

 

Creativity and Expert Performance:

"Experts rely on creative aspects of their brain to perform expertly."

When it comes to Math - "even numerical expertise is performed better when the information is processed more creatively."

The newly released Michigan Arts Education Survey shows significant correlations between robust arts education programs and high test scores on the MME and ACT.  See link below for the full report:

http://www.artservemichigan.org/images/MI_Arts_Education_Survey_Full_Report.pdf

 

Creativity and Creating Change:

Creating mental images is more complex that it may seem and imagination sets the brain to perform an action.

Imaging oneself in a situation in first person perspective results in more positive emotions than imaging oneself through an observers eyes.

 - "Your Brain and Business. The Neuroscience of Great Leaders" By