‘Imaginative people have messier minds,’ Scott Barry Kaufman, a psychologist at NYU told Huff Post. I believe this might be my favorite quote of all time. And if you know me well, you can expect to be bored with variations on this theme for the next several days. But it is an apt description. Creative people can be very interesting and fun to be around, but also moody and judgmental. And according to Kaufman they also share some common habits. I’m definitely messy minded.
18 habits of creative people
- They daydream: daydreaming and creativity involve the same mind processes.
- They observe everything.
- They work the hours that work for them: work when creativity peaks.
- They take time for solitude: the inner creative voice speaks when the world is quiet.
- They turn life’s obstacles around: sad stories make good songs, tragic lives make good books
- They seek out new experiences.
- They fail up: fail well and fail often. Resilience is key to creativity.
- They ask big questions: live the examined life, maintain curiosity.
- They people watch.
- They take risks: don’t be afraid to express an idea that may later fail.
- They view all of life as an opportunity for self expression: don’t follow the dress code.
- They follow their true passions: motivation follows internal desires.
- They get out of their own heads: seek the view from another perspective.
- They lose track of time: they achieve ‘flow’.
- They surround themselves with beauty.
- They connect the dots: they are problem solvers.
- They constantly shake things up: diversify experiences.
- They make time for mindfulness: meditate.
And do you know what’s really interesting?…..there are quite a few correlations to the habits of happy people. But I already knew that creativity makes me happy. Have a messy Tuesday!
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