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article imageHow to Use Creativity to Keep Us Ageless!

By Debra Myers     May 15, 2007 in Health
All of us here at Digital Journal should pat ourselves on the back, because we all are doing something that will add years to our lives. What is it? Creativity! Studies have shown that there is a direct connection between creativity and healthy aging.
I bet you didn't realize that writing a simple story, splashing some paint on a piece of white canvas, drawing a picture of an old barn, starting a new business, or just creating something new...all are adding to our self-worth, determination and we're achieving something beyond just satisfaction!
Isn't that feeling awesome when we've created something new? It revives our whole system, and even frees us from limitations that can pull us down and suck the life out of us.
So, using the following four steps, unleash your creative energies and let yourself bloom towards bigger and better possibilities!
1. Just begin without thinking. Feeling stressed and even bummed out? Grab a piece of paper and a pen and start writing out all of your thoughts and feelings. Let it all go...your fears, your resentments, your anger...whatever it is that might prevent you from starting a new task. Once you acknowledge all of your feelings, you can deal with them and then move on.
2. Make your surroundings a work of art! Whether it's an office, a bedroom, your living room...let these places mirror the beautiful person that you truly are! Be bold, be creative...have fun! "Don’t be afraid to test your creativity in playful ways, even if you muff it and have to start over. The playful energy all of us have not far beneath the surface helps us feel young and free, regardless of our body’s age."
3. Reach for your hopes and dreams. Believe it or not, the older we get, the more creative we get! Tap into those talents you possess, whether you realize they are there or not. The more that you develop them, the higher you reach toward your hopes and dreams!
4. Make time everyday to do something creative. Have faith in yourself. You need to devote a certain amount of time to your projects whatever they might be. If you only write a page today of a short story...that's okay. Taken in smaller steps, the end project will be worth the wait.
Over time, something will just lift you up. A power coming from deep within you will fill in the blanks, making the universe—and yourself—richer, more beautiful, and full of the wealth of creative life that has no age.
So, what are you waiting for? Go become the next great Monet, or Hemingway! Or better yet...just become the best of you!
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