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Do something creative. If you do not already, take up a creative hobby, from painting to gardening. If you already have a creative hobby, take the next step in becoming more creative with it or switch to another hobby, maybe the one you always wanted to do but were afraid you'd be no good at.

You can be creative at work too, dreaming up new products, reducing the cost of manufacture by half, spicing up customer service and so on. Of course workplace creativity can meet with serious opposition, so size up the challenge and be creative about getting everyone on your side (this website can help!).

Discussion

Why do people have creative hobbies? Because it is fun and gives them pleasure. It may also be in some compensation for not being allowed to be creative at work.

When we have a great idea or bring something new into existence we feel a buzz of excitement. In some ways, what we create is an extension of our identity -- artists often describe their works as their 'children'.

One reason we are a creative species and why our brains reward us for creating new things is that it is a powerful evolution strategy. With creative approaches we can outwit our competition and attract desirable mates.

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Identity, Harmony principle

 

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