What is creativity? What goes on inside your mind when you feel creative or do something creative? What causes this? Creativity is a widely used term for various things but what does it mean and entail? Creativity is defined as ‘the use of imagination or original ideas to create something’. However in psychological terms, creativity is defined as the tendency to generate or recognize ideas, alternatives, or possibilities that may be useful in solving problems, communicating with others, and entertaining ourselves and others. Everyone is creative in their own way but many people often compare their skills to others which either inspires them or makes them feel less valued or creative than the ones they see. You do not need to compare your skills to anyone else as you have your own unique charm and your personal touch which no one can replicate. The brain has different lobes or regions that all handle different tasks. And while you can blame that stupid decision you made as a teenager on your frontal lobe, creative thought doesn’t have a dedicated area of the brain where those innovative ideas come from. Creative thoughts come to you when you least expect it and usually occur when you are relaxed or not thinking such as showers or jogging or while sleeping. People who perceive the world with a fresh perspective, have insightful ideas and make important personal discoveries. These individuals make creative discoveries that are generally known only to them.
Why do we even need creativity? Well for one, it does help in inventions and making our lives easier but that's not all. Creativity is found in different forms such as writing, designing, cooking or art or dance and so many more activities. These activities may seem useless or not as great as a surgery but these help people express themselves in a healthy manner that not only gives them an outlet but also helps better their mental health. Another factor is that these activities inspire other people to create something themselves as well. For example, The Renaissance Period; the age of art and creativity where the creative arts were used to inspire people and enlightened people in an age of darkness. Creative people tend to possess a great deal of both physical and mental energy. However, they also tend to spend a great deal of time quietly thinking and reflecting but do not just sit around waiting for inspiration to strike. They are playful, yet they are also disciplined in the pursuit of their work and passions.
As strange as it sounds, creativity can become a habit by accommodating it into your lifestyle. You do not need to spend hours but devote a small portion of your day to let your creative side out. Some ways to do this are:
Capture your new ideas: Keep an idea notebook or type in new thoughts on your laptop or write ideas down on a napkin.
Seek out challenging tasks: Take on projects that don't necessarily have a solution. This causes old ideas to compete, which helps generate new ones. Broaden your knowledge: Learn something new or take new courses than what you already do. This helps change your perspective and generate new ideas.
Surround yourself with interesting things and people: Listening to the same old gossip will do you more harm than good. Change your group or add new people who allow you to have more enlightening conversations.