Category: Emotions & Thoughts

  • Use Negative News to Create a Better Future

    Use Negative News to Create a Better Future

    “Life handed him a lemon, As Life sometimes will do. His friends looked on in pity, Assuming he was through. They came upon him later, Reclining in the shade In calm contentment, drinking A glass of lemonade.” ― ‘The Optimist’ appeared in a 1940 edition of The Rotarian “It is hard to make lemonade if…

  • What Emotions Help Creativity?

    What Emotions Help Creativity?

    Creativity is full of emotion, from the anxiety of the blank computer screen and the frustration of facing inevitable obstacles to the elation of insight and pride of achievement. Creativity scholars have learned a great deal by examining the role of emotions in creativity for at least 35 years. The biggest and most reliable lesson…

  • Why negative emotions can spark creativity

    Why negative emotions can spark creativity

    A happy workforce can do wonders for your organisation’s productivity and creativity. But the idea that employees must always feel great to produce their best work is debateable, according to Michael Parke, Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour at London Business School. In their research paper ‘The Role of Affect Climate in Organizational Effectiveness’, Dr Parke…

  • How to use your emotional intelligence to unlock creative thinking

    How to use your emotional intelligence to unlock creative thinking

    When we learn how to use our emotions to impress the mind or move our feelings into a space where they can help us to come up with new ideas and solve problems in a creative way we are using our emotional intelligence to further our aims and achieve our goals. In this 4th industrial…

  • Emotionally intelligent bosses make for happier, more creative employees

    Emotionally intelligent bosses make for happier, more creative employees

    Bosses who act in ways associated with emotional intelligence foster happier, more creative employees, according to a Yale-led study in the Journal of Creative Behavior. Research scientist Zorana Ivcevic and colleagues at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence surveyed close to 15,000 people across the U.S., finding that emotionally intelligent supervisors — managers who read…

  • Creativity equals resilience

    Creativity equals resilience

    As the pandemic continues to dominate our lives, positive reinforcement is even more valuable. Holly Fraser and her team find it in their work. The pandemic is many things: devious, uncomfortable, lengthy, controlling. While we all stay home and work remotely, creatives are finding inspiration in nature and connecting with the outside world. I rarely made…

  • Do Positive or Negative Emotions Make You More Creative?

    Do Positive or Negative Emotions Make You More Creative?

    Conventional wisdom from the field of psychology tells us that positive emotions are most conducive to creativity while negative emotions are detrimental. Yet, negative moods have some surprising benefits in terms of stimulating creativity. With no end in sight to the coronavirus pandemic, this is an ideal time to use your emotions as a therapeutic…

  • Hidden In The Most Unlikely Places

    Hidden In The Most Unlikely Places

    “We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.” ― Kurt Vonnegut, If This Isn’t Nice, What Is?: Advice for the Young Perhaps the point of childhood is to learn all the creative skills we will need as adults, in addition to all the other important lessons. Having…

  • 5 Ways To Fuel Creative Inspiration

    5 Ways To Fuel Creative Inspiration

    As an artist, it’s important to discover and keep up with the work of other artists in your field. This helps you shake things up by exploring concepts, styles and creations that are different from the ones that have been on replay in your brain . It’s also good to know what the competition is…

  • The search for creativity

    The search for creativity

    Creativity is the act of turning new and imaginative ideas into reality. Creativity is characterised by the ability to perceive the world in new ways, to find hidden patterns, to make connections between seemingly unrelated phenomena, and to generate solutions. Creativity involves two processes: thinking, and producing. Creativity is the process of bringing something new…