Try creative activities to promote well being

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Researchers have found that well being is promoted by creative activities.

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In a search for well being non-drug interventions are widely sought after due to the potential for serious complications associated with drugs. Researchers have recently reported being creative can help nurture well being. The University of Otago reports well being on a day to day basis can be promoted by creative activities. There may be an upward evolution of enhanced well being and creativity in young adults with daily creative activity.

Students who participated shared feelings of greater enthusiasm and more “flourishing” than general after days when they spent more time being creative

Researchers associated with the Department of Psychology at University of Otago asked 658 students to maintain a daily diary of their emotional states of well being and their experiences over a period of 13 days. The researchers, who were led by Dr Tamlin Conner, observed a pattern of the students who participated sharing feelings of greater enthusiasm and more “flourishing” than general after days when they spent more time being creative. Flourishing refers a psychological concept which can be described as enhancing positive growth in oneself.

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The most common examples of creative activities which were reported were creative writing (poetry, short fiction); knitting and crochet; painting, songwriting; making new recipes, drawing, sketching; graphic and digital design, and performances dealing with music. The researchers had a desire to discover if taking part in everyday creative acts makes people feel emotionally better.

Creative activity on the previous day predicts well being on the next day.

It was determined creative activity on the previous day predicts well being on the next day. Creative activity on the day before was found to serve as a significant predictor of energized positive affect and flourishing. It was suggested by the findings that a particular type of upward spiral for well being and creativity leads to increases in well being the following day.

This study was published in The Journal of Positive Psychology. Overall the findings support the emerging focus on everyday creativity being a means of nurturing positive psychological functioning. Spending time doing creative things seems to offer a fantastic way to improve your well being.

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