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Happiness and Creativity

We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us.
— Nelson Mandela

I have been doing a little hunting around, and I am surprised to see how many websites and blogs there are that proclaim the basic ingredients for happiness, but do not include creativity in their lists. Perhaps they assume that creativity is a hybrid that comes from more fundamental components, like passion or challenges.

Well, I would have to disagree. I feel very strongly that happiness is dependent, in part, upon our having a creative outlet in our lives. It may be simply the playfulness we grant ourselves with our children; or the quiet majesty of beautiful handicrafts made from necessity; or it may be the production of full-blown novels or symphonies. But it seems that it may be a universal compulsion of humans to turn even the most mundane into magic, through the application of creative expression.

If you have ever watched a child paint, or a virtuoso play his instrument, or a potter shaping clay on her wheel, you can see the deep happiness of absorption. It is not all bliss, all the time to create, of course, but it seems to me that something within us insists that we must do it, if we are to ever be happy.

There are, of course, many people who sincerely believe they are not creative. My dad’s mother, alas, was one of these. She used to argue with me and insist that she didn’t have a creative bone in her body.  Never mind her needlepoint work, or the to-die-for poppy seed cakes she made from scratch, or the beautiful afghans she crocheted.

Just like my Nana, there are untold thousands, perhaps millions, of people wandering through their life journey, admiring others, but convinced they have no ability to share.

And I believe that conviction creates a deep well of sorrow, sometimes turning to anger, because it is just dead wrong. So if you are reading this and feeling that you are not talented, not creative, not imaginative or able to make art (whatever that might mean), I urge you especially to join us in the coming days.

For I believe that many of our conflicts over religion, wealth, independence, territory, and whatever else it is that makes crazy humans go to war can be pre-empted when creativity is being served and honored in our lives every day.

It may seem simplistic, but I am convinced that when our restless souls are engaged in creative expression, when our lonely hands and hearts are turned towards making beauty and joy to share, we are healed in huge ways that, ultimately, heal the world.

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  • February 10, 2009, 10:59 am The Ninth Immortal

    Amen, what a truly lovely post – and so timely for me. Thank you, and welcome back.


  • February 10, 2009, 12:47 pm Lainie

    Beautifully said.

  • February 10, 2009, 12:50 pm May

    I completely agree. When I am not creating I am a much sadder person.

  • February 11, 2009, 12:24 am Shell

    Creativity is part of being happy. A lot of people are deluded that being creative is reserved for “special” people. Who these special people are I have no idea. Creativity is part of us. We are born creative.

  • February 11, 2009, 1:37 pm Gail Wood

    This post brought to the foreground something I was trying to get at instinctively. I was teaching about psychic hygiene and how to keep the way clear, happy, and serene for good living. One of the things I say is “every day do something you love.” Everyone went to their creative source, the things they do to create, make new, and bring beauty.

    You said it beautifully.

  • February 12, 2009, 6:54 am Beth Owl's Daughter

    Gail! I am truly delighted to see you! It would be a great honor to have you contribute your thoughts and experiences here in the days ahead.

    – Beth

  • February 12, 2009, 3:37 pm Leah

    I couldn’t agree more!! 🙂