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Being creative means approaching life in a way that allows us to stay in touch with our deepest selves. We ultimately are happier and healthier when we stimulate our imagination. You don’t have to write a great novel or paint a masterpiece to be creative. You don’t even have to talk about it to anyone else. Do it for the shear joy of it.

Here are 10 genius ways to spark your creativity and to live more fully.

  1. Spend Time Outside

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Getting out into the great outdoors unlocks the senses. Make time during your day to really take in and appreciate nature. Even if you live in a city, spend at least half an hour everyday exploring parks, gazing at the night sky or the sunrise. Grow a balcony garden.

2. Try Something New

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Habits become automatic and boring. Do something differently to inspire your mind and increase your overall sense of well-being. Drive a strange route to work. Prepare a recipe you’ve always wanted to try. Listen to some music you’ve never heard before. Travel is an amazing, albeit expensive, way to expand your experiences and to gain new perspectives.

3. Exercise

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Getting enough exercise has many health benefits including boosting creativity. Loosen up your body to keep your mind agile. Get your heart pumping to get the creative juices flowing.

4. Write By Hand

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As advocated by Julia Cameron in the iconic The Artist’s Way, a daily practice of writing can boost your creativity in all aspects of life. Try writing longhand for 10 minutes each day freely jumping from topic to topic with no care for grammar or logic. Just free associate. Make sure you write by hand as advised. There is something important that connects the mind and the hand that cannot be engaged with a keyboard.

5. Meditate

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For years now, we’ve been hearing about the benefits of meditation for anxiety, improving sleep quality, stress-reduction and more. But, did you know that meditation helps to promote divergent, or creative, thinking? The key to meditation is consistency. Much like drawing, writing, knitting, etc., skills take many, many hours logged to really have noticeable effects. Even 15 minutes a day will do.

6. Practice, Practice, Practice

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Commit to developing your creativity. Skills take practice to become established. Putting effort and time into creative activities will promote your curiosity. You will be rewarded with greater abilities and enriched experiences.

7. Be Open-Minded

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Nothing can get into or out of a mind that is closed. Practice opening yourself to new ideas, perspectives and beliefs. Rethink labels and habitual ways of seeing things.

8. Write Down Your Ideas

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When a good idea comes to you, write it down! Carry a pocket-sized notebook with you. Don’t be afraid to copy or steal ideas you like. You will make it your own. As Pablo Picasso said “good artists copy, great artists steal”. Take a pic to remember what you liked.

9. Be Kind To Yourself

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Being creative can open up all kinds of feelings of vulnerability and fear of failure and rejection. Be brave and remember that even the greatest minds have silly ideas. The most courageous thing you can do is to try.

10. Turn Off the TV

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Watching TV can be a great distraction and all of us enjoy a Netflix series binge now and then. But, all of those hours we stare at the boob tube take us into other peoples’ imaginations and away from our own. So, instead of wasting time in front of ‘junk TV shows’ (you know the ones I am talking about), try drawing, making a DIY craft, writing or going for a long walk outside. You won’t regret it.