“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
Science and Psychology tells us that there is a strong link between gratitude and mental health. Let’s explore that connection to our Creativity…
PEOPLE with an “attitude of gratitude”
- experience lower levels of stress
- are more satisfied and tend to have higher levels of self-esteem
- have a sense of increased well-being, as well as lower levels of depression and anxiety
The link between the mind-body connection aligns with how gratitude can have a double benefit. For example, the feeling of appreciation helps us to have healthier minds, and with that healthier bodies.
Here are 5 ways GRATITUDE can help your creative practice:
Healthier minds tend to be more creative, as they look more deeply at their surroundings noticing details often overlooked.
The right side of the brain is best at expressive and creative tasks. Gratitude can strengthen the synapsis, creating stronger connections and enhancing the right brain abilities. Some of it’s strengths include: Recognizing faces. Expressing emotions. Music. Reading emotions. Color.
Stronger self-control which helps with discipline and focus. Long term this can help you to make that creative practice more consistent.
Gratitude is a powerful tool for strengthening interpersonal relationships which can lead to a deeper Artist/Customer connection. Art isn’t about the need for what you make…it is about the connection to the work, and the artist themselves.
Simply being grateful for being alive is a great way to motivate oneself to seize the day. Take on that creative project that you didn’t think you could do…You Can!
Creative Next Steps:
Would you like to cultivate a practice of gratitude? I am starting a new book project on my facebook live Monday sessions at 9am –here. Can’t join live? All of the video sessions will be available in the “Express Yourself! A Creative Soul-Journ” group. Its free to join, you can do that here
I hope to see you there. Like, follow and share this post, my page or the group….I would love to have you along on this creative journey. Let’s do this together!
Tell me ~ What are you grateful for today? Leave a comment and encourage someone!
Peace and Love and Art ~lisa