Going creative cures lifestyle problems

Going creative solves many of the emotional problems that we might consider to be inevitable or everyday.

In fact, happiness is best understood, and acquired, as a by-product of creative engagement.  We’re most creative when we’re happy and relaxed, and conversely, we create happiness and relaxation when we approach life with a creative-creativist mindset.

W. Beran Wolfe said it sagely in his classic How To Be Happy Though Human: “If we want to know what happiness is we must seek it not as if it were a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, but among human beings who are living richly and fully…

“If you observe a really happy man you will find him building a boat, writing a symphony, educating his son, growing double dahlias in his garden or looking for dinosaur eggs in the Gobi desert. He will not be searching for happiness as if it were a collar button that has rolled under the radiator.”

Sages, artists, and creativists have always known the truth of this and now science has added a biochemical explanation. Conscious creation causes us to secrete dopamine, a neurotransmitter that helps control the brain’s reward and pleasure centers.

“Dopamine,” says Psychology Today “enables us not only to see rewards but to take action to move toward them.

This is my experience and the experience of countless numbers of people I’ve worked with. I am a happy woman so long as there’s a poem to write, a photo to take, a book to edit, trip to arrange, a cause to further, a meal to make.

Taking the creative way not only makes everything easier and more fun, it solves countless emotional problems.

Here are 100 feelings that will drop away or dissolve

  1. Out of balance
  2. Generally anxious
  3. Adrift
  4. Consumerist
  5. Bored
  6. Self-doubting
  7. Dithering
  8. Procrastinating
  9. Distracted
  10. Unable to cope with failure
  11. Busy busy
  12. Not enough money
  13. Run by fear
  14. Self-sabotaging
  15. Procrastinating
  16. Following the herd
  17. Failing to take opportunity
  18. Playing too small
  19. Not playing at all
  20. Bland
  21. Addicted
  22. Conflicted
  23. Not enough rest
  24. Not enough play
  25. Stopped by criticism
  26. People pleasing
  27. Overworked
  28. Inauthentic
  29. Out of touch with own wants
  30. Ashamed of own wants
  31. Lacking engagement
  32. Despairing
  33. Feeling life is meaningless
  34. Powerless
  35. Lacking ideas
  36. No initiative
  37. Cut off from others
  38. Cut off from environment
  39. Mindless
  40. Passive
  41. Timorous
  42. Weak
  43. Aggressive
  44. Confused
  45. Inarticulate
  46. Stressed
  47. Tense
  48. Ungrateful
  49. Narcissistic
  50. Dull
  51. Resistant
  52. Complaining
  53. In mental pain
  54. Emotional blackmailing
  55. Victim mentality
  56. Averse to aging
  57. Unkind about others’ succeed
  58. Inconsistent
  59. Unable to finish projects
  60. Fearful of failure
  61. Fearful of  success
  62. Disempowered
  63. Marginalised
  64. Gender biased
  65. Racist
  66. Class prejudiced
  67. Over influenced by others
  68. Fearful change
  69. Ignoring opportunity
  70. In disarray
  71. Cut off from intuition
  72. Chaotic
  73. Poor self-awareness
  74. Frustrated
  75. Dominated
  76. In a rut
  77. Negative thinking
  78. Trapped
  79. Under motivated
  80. Over sensitive
  81. Disconnected
  82. Self critical
  83. Poor self worth
  84. Poor net worth
  85. Focused on liabilities
  86. Lacking innovation
  87. Conventional thinking
  88. Overthinking
  89. Out of touch with emotions
  90. Stuck
  91. Missing out on insights
  92. Lacking vitality
  93. Envious of others success
  94. Fooling oneself
  95. Missing out on life
  96. Living vicariously through spouse, sibling, or children
  97. Not enough fun
  98. No use to anyone
  99. Lacking direction
  100. Wasting potential

None of these feelings can survive the application of the principles, practices and process of the creative way.