Creativity is a wonderful thing. When people express their creativity, they feel more relaxed and fulfilled. Creative people are better at solving problems and coping with everyday challenges. In addition, creativity benefits society. Innovations in the arts and sciences wouldn’t be possible without it.

And creativity isn’t something that you’re either born with or you’re not – it’s something that you can develop and enhance. The more you use your creative abilities, the stronger they will become.

You can develop your creative abilities in hundreds of different ways. Here are just a few ideas:

  • When you see everyday objects, think about all the possible uses they could serve. Sure, you can use an empty cardboard box to store things. But what else could you use it for?
  • When you’re driving to work, answering emails, washing dishes, or shopping for groceries, think… how could I do this better? What are my options?
  • Don’t be afraid to question things. You know how little kids are always asking “why?” Well, it’s actually a pretty effective way to take a deeper look at the world around you. When something happens, don’t just accept it at face value. Think about why it happened and how the progression of events could have been altered.
  • Don’t be afraid to try something new. And when you encounter a problem, it’s important not to give up. Don’t get discouraged when things don’t work out at first. Thomas Edison once said that genius was “one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.” You need to be determined to overcome the obstacles that stand in your way.

Good luck! And remember, the more you use your creative abilities, the more developed and powerful those abilities will become!