Positivity Project: Encouraging Creativity
Where would we be without creativity? After all, most of our world can be attributed to someone’s creativity. Whether it’s the architectural design of your apartment building, the plot of your favorite movie, or the pattern of your new blouse, creativity was a cornerstone in the processing of building those items.
What is Creativity?
A creative person defined by the Positivity Project as, “You come up with new and original ways to think about and do things.”
Last post, we discussed bravery and shared three tips on becoming braver. Part of being braver is choosing to be creative. If you don’t immediately see the correlation between bravery and creativity, the Positivity Project reminds us that “anytime you share your original ideas with the world, you risk being criticized or even ostracized.”
Unfortunately, this is true. People don’t always take kindly to original ideas or concepts at first. Looking back at history, when women first started wearing pants in America, the women’s fashion change faced tons of negative backlash!
Another example is the famous artist, Vincent Van Gogh, who had no fame or notoriety during his lifetime. It wasn’t until after his death that the public started to see his creations as artwork. While he was living, his art wasn’t appreciated. Van Gogh lived in poverty and only sold one painting during his time alive.
Why is Creativity Encouraged?
So, if creativity has the potential to be faced with backlash, why are we encouraging it?
Creativity is encouraged because it is needed.
Without the creativity of you and others around you, we would never see improvement. We would never listen to a new song that makes us want to dance, wear clothes that make us smile, or even learn how to improve our current transportation systems.
The Positivity Project shares a few examples of creativity: “Technological examples include the printing press, refrigeration, electricity, automobiles, and the internet. Just think of what we’d be missing without Renaissance art, Enlightenment thinking, Harlem Renaissance jazz, or hip-hop emerging from the South Bronx in the 1970s and 80s.”
We need your creativity. Whether it’s a big act of artistry or innovation or a small act of problem-solving, it all makes a difference. You don’t have to be a world-renowned artist or a fancy scientist to make a difference creatively, you simply have to be brave enough to imagine and open yourself up to new experiences, ideas, and possibilities.
“It’s not about becoming safe. If anybody wants to keep creating they have to be about change.” -Miles Davis
What are some ways I can be creative?
So how can you be creative? Start challenging yourself by thinking (yes – thinking)!
The next time you face an obstacle or problem, ask yourself “what are ways I would improve this situation?” or “what is something that could be added that will help more people?”
When you see a building design that catches your eye or watch a movie with a plot that intrigues you, ask yourself, “how would I design a new building or improve on this design?” or “what would be a movie that I would create? What was something unique about this movie I just viewed?”
Start exercising those creative muscles and encourage yourself to dream of more innovative and artistic ways to approach life!
Learn More about the Positivity Project
The Positivity Project (“P2”) was founded by Mike and Jeff, two West Point graduates and veterans deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, who created a program designed to empower youths to build positive thinking and build positive relationships.
This program focuses on teaching the 24 character strengths of positive psychology. Mike and Jeff’s inspiration is Dr. Chris Peterson, one of the founders of positive psychology, who defines it as teaching, “Other people matter. Period.” The Positivity Project partners with schools and teachers to help combat negative thinking and create positive change all from the students’ classroom. The curriculum is created to help students build stronger relationships and key character strengths to become their best selves through positive psychology. The goal that the Name Bubbles Team wants to help achieve by 2022 is to reach 2,000 schools and 1 million students.
You can learn more about the Positivity Project here.