As children, we learn to colour inside the lines, sit in neat little rows and do what we are told to do. We learn to follow the leader and to follow directions.
While that may be a great trait for conformity, it does little in support of creativity. Over time, we lose that amazing spontaneity as we learn to suppress ideas and insights that are unusual or different.
By the time they are seven, creative pursuits in schools are less favoured over academic subjects. Schools need to find a way to make creativity more inclusive through the academic curriculum.
The value of nurturing creativity in children, all through their childhood and into adulthood, should not be underestimated. Here’s why.
- Creativity allows self expression.
Children begin to learn who they are through being creative. It allows a sense of self-discovery to emerge.
- Creativity promotes thinking and problem solving.
These skills are required through all aspects of life, particularly in the workforce. The challenge of creating something and working out the finer details or problem solving, are required in the creative process. Employers beginning to see the real benefits of nurturing creativity in the workforce.
- Creativity reduces stress and anxiety.
The therapeutic benefits of creativity are used in clinical settings to relieve stress and anxiety. The act of creating inspires a sense of contentment and well being.
- Creativity connects you to like minded people.
Art fosters a sense of connection. It creates communities of people who share similar passions.
- Creativity allows you to enter your happy zone and have fun.
The act of creating inspires happiness as we are living in the moment and doing something we enjoy.
- Creativity is Multidisciplinary.
Creativity can be practised through a multitude of mediums, from painting to cooking. We use our creativity in almost all professions in some way or another.
- Creativity gives you a sense of purpose.
Being creativity requires us to be busy at something, and almost all creativity requires an outcome or an ending. This gives us a sense of purpose to complete the task and satisfaction after completion.
- Creativity can lead to feelings of accomplishment and pride.
The combination of brainstorming, the technical process, and the finished process is often the perfect recipe for personal satisfaction.
9. Creativity improves concentration.
Being creative requires dedication and commitment, and develops concentrations skills are we are immersed in the project.
- Creativity promotes risk taking.
Through a combination of trial and error, and an element of risk taking, being creative requires courage and confidence and the willingness to try again.
11. Creativity leads to innovation.
The two processes of creativity and innovation are interconnected because to be innovative requires growth of creativity. New ideas come from creative people.