Creative Healing Research

“Creativity is as important as math and science” ~ USA Today

Engaging a dynamic creative process can teach you how to problem solve in a more abstract manner instead of a more formally driven manner.  That way when you come upon a problem, you have a skill set to come up with a creative, unique, and out of the box way to solve a problem.

Yes, science and math are essential, especially in today’s world.  However, if we place primary emphasis on left brain aspects, we are deprived of an element of self-expression that drives healing, wholeness, and connection to the Sacred.

Steve Jobs once said “It is in Apple’s DNA that technology alone is not enough—its technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the results that make our heart sing.”

While dedicated creativity time is as vital is a walk in nature, or a shower, it’s everyday creativity that most of us ache for.

The concept of everyday creativity was defined, assessed, and validated in 1988 by Ruth Richards, Dennis Kinney, and colleagues at Harvard Medical School. They defined it as expressions of originality and meaningfulness.

“It’s too bad that when considering what endeavors may be creative, people immediately think of the arts,” laments Michele Root-Bernstein, co-author with Robert Root-Bernstein of Sparks of Genius. “It’s the problem-solving processes they exhibit rather than the content, craft, or art that make them so. Just about anything we do can be addressed in a creative manner, from housecleaning to personal hobbies to work.”

The first step to increasing your creativity quotient is believing you can. Even if no one has ever assigned the adjective “original” to anything you have ever done, you must acknowledge that you have inventive powers. Don’t think about making something from nothing or exposing your deepest feelings—just acknowledge that you can solve problems better if you approach them with a different mind-set. The Root-Bernsteins cite playful experimentation, a willingness to learn from mistakes, and persistence as keys to unlocking creativity.

Engaging in creative behaviors makes us more:

  • dynamic
  • conscious and self-actualized
  • non-defensive
  • observant
  • collaborative
  • confident and brave
  • resilient
  • present moment focused
  • connected to the world
  • able to earn more money

Benefits of Creativity according to NIH study published in Am. Journal of Public Health 2/2010

  • Reduces stress, anxiety, negative emotions, and depression
  • Fills voids and distracted thoughts of illness
  • Benefits Immune function
  • Improved medical outcomes
  • Improves brain function
  • Improves flow, function, expression of emotions, positive identity, and social networks.

“Through creativity and imagination, we find our identity and our reservoir of healing.” ~NIH study

 

“Creativity embeds knowledge so that it can become practice. We move what we’re learning from our heads to our hearts through our hands. Creativity is the ultimate act of integration.”  ~Brene Brown (Author, Speaker, Researcher)

 

More Resources:

Art Therapy Research Papers…

http://www.journals.elsevier.com/the-arts-in-psychotherapy

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0197455615300319

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0197455616300636

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17439760.2016.1257049?scroll=top&needAccess=true&

Articles:

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Why Making Art is the New Meditation