Creativity

How graffiti art brightens up lives – Spiritual Article

In a society that is increasingly isolating us inside condominiums, with the Coronavirus and with remote work, street art is injecting colour and consciousness into our lives.I live in an urban environment where people are struggling to find and maintain employment, housing and their mental health. Living online by following social media, doing online shopping and reading Twitter feeds just isn’t for me. I still like putting my hands in the Earth and meeting people in the flesh, and I…

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10 ways to help others during the coronavirus outbreak – Positive News – Positivity Article

10) Life on the margins: help homeless people better protect themselves People who are homeless face a particular risk from Covid-19, according to experts. They have poorer health in general, including pre-existing conditions that have weakened their immune systems. Jon Sparkes, chief executive of the charity Crisis, has urged the government to introduce testing and emergency housing for homeless people during the pandemic. “Let’s not forget that the average age of death of someone who is homeless is 45, substantially lower than…

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The Healing Wisdom of Alejandro Jodorowsky – Self Improvement Article

“Psychomagic” is the power of using your imagination and creativity to heal yourself. The term was first popularized by Alejandro Jodorowsky, who is most known for being a Chilean-French filmmaker in the 1970s, with his avant-garde films El Topo and The Holy Mountain. There’s a lot more to Jodorowsky than filmmaking though. He’s worn many different hats over the years including being a poet, artist, novelist, comics writer, musician, philosopher, puppeteer, and mime….to name a few. He oozes creativity and…

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How to Master the Art of Engaging Your Inner Life — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

Chasing external sources of happiness may have failed you, as ultimately our deepest satisfaction comes from within. But often when people turn their attention inward, they don’t like what they find. Here are three ways to constructively engage with your inner life.  We all know the road to greater life satisfaction has more to do with how we feel on the inside than with any external riches we may gather, whether they be material possessions, good looks or accomplishments. Engaging…

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5 Different Approaches to Experiencing Personal Growth — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

Personal growth and education, in general, are often focused on changing yourself. The implied assumption is that your natural being is not good enough and it needs to be forced into something else to create happiness and success. In order to see improvements and growth, we often think we need to be hard on ourselves. What is Personal Growth? We think that we need to be the taskmasters of our own lives, consistently pushing and encouraging ourselves to work harder,…

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10 Years a Drug Addict – Positivity Article

In 2010 I became a full-blown drug addict. I had gotten divorced a few years earlier. I’d been broke at least three times by 2010. I had lost two homes by then. I had failed at many businesses. Many times I had considered suicide or, at the very least, had no idea how I was going to afford the expenses of raising children. When they were three years old, five, eight, 10. And 2010 looked like it was going to…

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The gateway of creativity and productivity – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

Every person has experienced a state of flow in a lifetime — the feeling of evenness between your body and psyche, where you are consumed by something past the distraction point and focused on it. It feels as if the time has slowed down, and the senses are enhanced. When action and perception align to build an easy drive, you are at one with the task at hand. A few people portray this inclination as being “in the zone.” This…

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“For the Entirety of My Adult Life, I’ve Carved Out the Peaceful Dawn Hour of 5 am to Read a Book.” – Happiness Article

Interview: Richie Jackson. Among other things, Richie Jackson is an award-winning Broadway, television, and film producer who most recently produced the Tony Award-nominated Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song on Broadway. He executive-produced Showtime’s Nurse Jackie (Emmy and Golden Globe nominee for “Best Comedy Series”)  and co-executive produced the film Shortbus, written and directed by John Cameron Mitchell. He recently wrote a book that just hit the shelves: Gay Like Me: A Father Writes to His Son. I couldn’t wait to talk to Richie about…

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Five Ways Hiking Is Good for You – Happiness Article

I’m a hiker—“born to hike,” as my husband likes to joke. It does my heart and soul good to strap on a pack and head out on a trail, especially when I’m alone and can let my mind wander where it will. The experience of hiking is unique, research suggests, conveying benefits beyond what you receive from typical exercise. Not only does it oxygenate your heart, it helps keep your mind sharper, your body calmer, your creativity more alive, and…

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How to Start Your Own Healing Journey — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

Self love is a big part of our healing journey. We repair our hearts by learning to love ourselves the way we wished we were loved growing up. This is a process and requires patience, self-compassion and practice. Healing is a lifetime journey. Self Love Yet, there are periods in our lives when we go through an intense process of releasing and healing. This can also make us feel vulnerable. Healing involves getting out of our comfort zone, which can…

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7 Steps to Help Strengthen Your Innovative Thinking – Personal Development Article

You know that you need to be creative to solve complex problems, support innovation and make progress. A lot of tasks, however, cause you to put too much on your plate and you have little time. Therefore, you need to be quick and focused. However, excessive emphasis on efficiency usually kills creativity. It only helps – if you focus less on it, your results will be better.Complexity of the “mhm” phaseCreativity is the engine of innovation. In fact, raw ideas…

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Creativity and the Natural Outdoors – Positive Psychology News – Positivity Article

Cordele Glass, M.A. 2018 holds a graduate degree in Positive Developmental Psychology and Evaluation from Claremont Graduate University. He works as an outdoor adventure guide, teambuilding facilitator, and positive psychology coach in Southern California. You can read more on his website, Upward Acts. Full bio. Cordele’s articles are here..How exactly can the natural outdoors affect your creative process? Creative people are often thought of as people who stay inside for long stretches of time, sitting in the dark staring at…

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“Life. Nothing Goes As Planned. Distractions, Misfortunes…All Have To Be Factored In.” – Happiness Article

Interview: Twyla Tharp. Twyla Tharp is a dancer, director, and choreographer who is famous for her innovative and often humorous work. She has choreographed more than hundred thirty-five dances, five Hollywood movies, directed and choreographed three Broadway shows, received a Tony Award, two Emmy Awards, nineteen honorary doctorates, the National Medal of the Arts, and many grants including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship (also known as the “Genius Grant”). She’s a member of the American Academy of…

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Why We Are All Psychic and How We Can Awaken, Access and Utilize Our Greatest GiftsPick the Brain – Self Improvement Article

What if you could easily and effectively tap into your intuitive gifts, talents and abilities, have a direct connection to The Universal Source of information and energy, and use it to serve yourself and others in the highest and best and most benevolent ways possible? What if you could also use this wisdom, information and energy to get answers, guidance and support regarding all of your most important questions in life? What if you could honestly, wholly and completely trust…

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Edie Meidav: Finding Creativity in the Absence of Distraction – Productivity Article

At Freedom, we love our users – not just because they use our product, but because they’re cool – cool people working on cool stuff. Academy Award-nominated screenwriters, bestselling authors, editors, journalists, developers, illustrators, designers, academics, coaches, podcast hosts, comic book writers, explorers, and entrepreneurs – the Freedom community is packed with curious, creative, and passionate go-getters. We love to share their stories, advice, and process because how better to learn about productivity than from the productive?Meet Edie Meidav.Edie Meidav is a Freedom user, American novelist, and…

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Potter and Poet M.C. Richards on What She Learned at the Wheel About Non-Dualism, Creative Wholeness, and the Poetry of Personhood – Brain Pickings – Happiness Article

Looking back on the first thirteen years of Brain Pickings, I termed my thirteen most important life-learnings “fluid reflections on keeping a solid center.” But how exactly do we locate our center and master its osmotic balance between fluidity and solidity? That is what poet, potter, and manual philosopher M.C. Richards (July 13, 1916–September 10, 1999) explores in her 1964 counterculture classic Centering: In Pottery, Poetry, and the Person (public library) — an inspired inquiry into “how we may seek…

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A Different Kind of Creativity — Lynn Carroll, Career Coach – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

Even career coaches like me fall into this trap! The most frequently used skills and interest assessments are based on a personality-to-occupation matching model created in 1959 called the Holland Occupational Codes. When a client seeks clues to which careers may be ideal for them, a coach usually gives the client an assessment with questions like these:On a scale of 1 (dislike) to 5 (like), how would you feel about a job where you might:Repair household appliancesDevelop a new medicinePlay…

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7 Ways Successful Creatives Think Differently than Unsuccessful Ones – Personal Development Article

As a publishing executive, I worked with authors for more than three decades. I’ve also worked with speakers, recording artists, designers, and other creatives. I have had the privilege of working with the best—and the challenge of enduring the worst. What separates the two? That question is of greater importance now than ever before because creative work plays a bigger role in business today than at any previous time. Ask any entrepreneur. The easy answer is the wrong one. It’s…

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“Happiness Usually Comes from a Place of Stillness, from Feeling Like You Have Enough in the Moment.” – Personal Development Article

Interview: Ryan Holiday. Ryan Holiday is the bestselling author of Trust Me, I’m Lying; Conspiracy; and many other books about marketing, culture, and the human condition. His work has been translated into thirty languages and has appeared everywhere from the New York Times to Fast Company. His company, Brass Check, has advised companies such as Google, TASER, and Complex, as well as multiplatinum musicians and some of the biggest authors in the world. He’s written three books that explore ancient…

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The Next Choice for the “Happier” Podcast Book Club: “I.M.” by Isaac Mizrahi. – Personal Development Article

We’ve picked our next book for the Happier Podcast Book Club! Another memoir: I.M by Isaac Mizrahi. A New York Times bestseller, this memoir is thought-provoking, hilarious, beautifully written, fascinating. It’s a great portrait of a time and a place. You get a picture of glamor and celebrities, and also of the tremendously hard work of attaining mastery. You can listen to this 3-minute episode of “A Little Happier,” where I talk about a few passages that particularly struck me: “Reading…

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Edward Norton — On Creative Process, Creative Struggle, and Motherless Brooklyn (#393) – Personal Development Article

“It’s nice to be reminded that it’s been hard for other people when they were getting things done that you admired, because it maybe gives you that extra little bit of determination or patience to persevere a little more.” — Edward Norton Edward Norton (@EdwardNorton) is one of the most celebrated actors of his generation. He has been nominated for three Academy Awards for his performances and has starred in, produced, written, or directed more than 30 films. His most recent…

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The 2019 Gratitude Challenge! – positively present – Positivity Article

  HOORAY! The NINETH year of the Positively Present Gratitude Challenge is about to begin on November 1! Though I keep a daily gratitude journal, there’s always something special about celebrating gratitude during the month of November each year. Having a specific topic to focus on each day really makes me pay even more attention to the things I’m thankful for, and I hope these annual prompts help you too!  As in previous years, I’ll be sharing illustrations on Instagram…

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W&D Podcast: A Conversation on the Aesthetics of Joy with Ingrid Fetell Lee – Wit & Delight – Lifestyle Article

This week on the Wit & Delight Podcast, we are talking with Ingrid Fetell Lee, the author of Joyful: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness. I’ve read the book twice, and each time it’s felt like validation around all of the work that I’ve done for the past decade plus. Ingrid’s groundbreaking work reveals the hidden influence of our surroundings on our emotions and our well-being, which is really the crux of many of the ideas…

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“Having a Non-Verbal Activity Feels Essential, and As, These Days, Do Non-Digital Activities.” – Self Improvement Article

Interview: Amy Waldman. Through mutual friends, I’ve known Amy Waldman for years. When I first met her, she was a reporter with the New York Times (which she did for eight years, including three years as co-chief of the South Asia bureau). Then she changed her writing path to become a novelist, and her first novel, The Submission, was a national bestseller. Now Amy has a new novel that has received a huge amount of buzz: A Door in the…

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What Is the Best Brainwave Music for Studying? – Meditation Article

When you type “brainwave study music” into your search bar, more than likely, you are going to get a good variety of results: alpha brain waves, gamma, theta… But how do you know which one is the best to use, and when? You’re in luck, because in this article, we will be exploring just that! But first, let’s quickly take a look at the 5 different types of brain waves. Here is a brief summary of each type of brain…

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What Are Your Superpowers? Create Unique Names for Your Strengths – Self Improvement Article

Do you have superpowers? When it comes to self improvement, we often focus more on our weaknesses and what we want to fix about ourselves rather than our strengths and what we are already good at. The main reason for this is that we tend to have a “negativity bias.” Our minds are designed to solve problems and fix things. And as a result, we take our strengths for granted and instead we spend most of our time thinking about…

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“Mood and Energy and Self-Care Are a Huge and Under-Appreciated Part of Creativity.” – Happiness Article

Interview: Chase Jarvis. Chase Jarvis is an award-winning artist, entrepreneur, and one of the most influential photographers of the past decade. He has created campaigns for Apple, Nike, Red Bull and others, was a contributor to the Pulitzer-winning New York Times story “Snowfall,” and earned an Emmy nomination for his documentary Portrait of a City. He also created “Best Camera”—the first photo app to share images to social networks, and is the founder of CreativeLive, where more than 10 million…

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Multi-Stage Meditation: A 15-Minute Routine – Self Improvement Article

Meditation is becoming one of those habits that we all know is good for us, but we have trouble actually doing it on a consistent basis. When I first learned about meditation and tried it out, it was about 10 years ago. Since then my practice has been very sporadic. I enjoyed it and could see its benefits afterwards, but I could never transform it into a steady habit. However, meditation is slowly become as essential to my daily routine…

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My Three Favorite Tools For a Healthy, Happy Life with Soraya Bakhtiar – Meditation Article

 In one word, what describes your approach to life? “Presence.”   We were honored to interview fashion blogger Soraya Bakhtiar about her passions and lifestyle, and how the Transcendental Meditation technique has fostered the strength, awareness, and presence to support her in accomplishing her ambitious goals. The world of fashion has become a cyclone that whizzes through each season, and despite the overwhelmed audience left in its wake, the storm only continues to gather speed. At the eye of this…

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A 3-Step Formula to Tap Into Your Creativity (and Solve Any Problem) – Self Improvement Article

Throughout the years, I’ve become better and better at uncovering creative solutions. I don’t struggle as much as I used to. Creative ideas seem to arrive at just the right time. This hasn’t happened because I’m somehow talented. No, it’s because I’ve begun to understand how creativity works in my life. The good news? You already have access to it. You can start using your innate creativity. Once you’re done reading this article, you’ll know how to do it. But before…

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