The Feel Betterer philosophy says that to have a life that you love you need to infuse your life with what I refer to as the Feel Betterer Fab Four - Joy, Purpose, Connection and Creativity. Today I want to talk about creativity which is so critical to our happiness and wellbeing! And with 2021 still just a pup it's a good time to think about what you want to create this year.
Do you want to create a book, a painting, an invention, a garden, a holiday, a business idea, a movie script, an interior design, a speech, a comedy routine, a dance, an app, a healthy body, a calm mind, a new relationship, a new improved old relationship, a new habit, a new career or a completely new direction in life?
I’ve found that most, if not all, people have creative dreams inside them that they want to turn into a reality. And if they don't take action on these dreams they pay a price in terms of their happiness, growth and aliveness. So is this the year that you turn your creative dream...
Turns out that famous social psychologist Madonna was right way back in 1990 when she delivered her musical thesis Vogue. We should indeed strike a pose! If you’ve forgotten about or have never heard of voguing, it’s a form of modern dance that involves striking a series of poses as if you are modelling for a photo shoot. Maddie wrote a song about it that topped the charts in 30 countries and now science tells us she might have been onto something. Namely that being a poser gives you power!
Getting decked out in a metallic corset and pretending you’re the subject of a shagadelic Austen Powers photoshoot may not be your thing (of course if it is - go for it!) but using body posture to empower the way you feel is a very good strategy for increasing your health, happiness and success.
Where the body leads, the mind often follows. If you sit hunched over on a chair with shoulders dropped, spine curved, arms folded while wrinkling your brow and wearing a frown...
In these troubled times it may seem simplistic, maybe almost offensive to encourage people to smile. However, there are so many wonderful benefits to be gained from this always on hand human behaviour that I’m going to do exactly that.
I’m certainly not saying just put a smile on your face and everything will be dandy. But I definitely am saying that increasing the quantity and quality of your smiles can diminish your stress thereby lifting your mood, helping you feel more connected and boosting your overall health. All results that make the simple smile something very worthwhile!
Children smile on average about 400 times per day. Sad to say that even an adult who rates themselves as “very happy” smiles only about 40-50 times per day and a typical adult smiles only 20 times per day. And now that many people are wearing face masks for extended periods that smile rate is dropping even lower.
We need to get the smile rate up, especially in tough times, because...