If you have a job, you most likely have a routine: Wake up, brush your teeth, head to work, sit in at your desk or in an office, interact with the same people and then head home. On most days, it can feel repetitive and dull, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing because we are creatures of habit. For the most part, our habits serve us well in the workplace as well as in our home as they provide us with a steady, stable life. Occasionally, however, repetitious behaviors can drain your energy, and at times, challenge your perspective on work. When you are constrained from creative growth it can disrupt your strong sense of purpose. This can become a gateway to stress or unhappiness.
For years, researchers have discovered that happiness and creativity go hand in hand. They found that those who partake in art-related activities have lower anxiety levels, compared to the levels they had before the activities.
There is also evidence that “happier” people spend 20% of their time on creative activities, like writing, drawing, playing music, dancing and creating their own recipes.
So if you aren’t expressing your artistic side, it’s probably because you’re not being challenged or encouraged to do so. One of the most effective ways to change this is to get out of your comfort zone and explore activities that will bring out your creative side.
Discover your inner voice – Do you have a friend or an acquaintance whose a painter, photographer, chef, dancer or designer? If so, you may want to ask for their help to get you started. If not, take time to discover your inner creative self. Sign up for a writing or painting class, or if cooking or baking is of interest, start a cooking club. Join a book or movie club, or plan outings with friends to enjoy live music or fine art.
Find your joy – We all crave variety, and now that we know creativity can lower anxiety and stress, it’s time to take a break from the mundane and find your inner talent.
Want more ideas to find happiness? Visit Dr. Deepak Chopra’s article 6 Creative Rituals That Will Make You Happier.