Inspiration and Creativity

Creativity and problem-solving are two fascinating cognitive psychology themes. Expressing ourselves in creative and novel ways can inspire us to develop new ideas, like large-scale ones that have the potential to change the world or smaller creations that can transform the way we see and perform our daily tasks.

Learn inspirational strategies used to make decisions, foster ideas, and open our minds.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I get inspiration for creativity?

    One important thing to remember is that creativity is not a passive process. Simply sitting back and waiting for inspiration to find you is a recipe for losing your motivation and becoming discouraged. Instead, focus on looking for ways to boost your own creativity. Seek out the things that inspire you and that help you focus your attention and mental energy on the task at hand.

  • How does creativity affect mental health?

    Creativity can be a positive outlet for people in mental distress, with art therapy increasingly prescribed for victims of trauma. Research has found that writing about painful past events may even temporarily boost one’s immune system.

  • What is difference between motivation and inspiration?

    While motivation refers to the process of stimulating someone to act in a way that would achieve a certain goal, inspiration is the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.

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