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A Creative Life Is A Healthy Life

Link Between Creativity, Better Health Is Well Established By Research


By Amanda Enayati

Special to CNN


POSTED: 7:34 am PDT May 25, 2012



"Living a life of innovation needs no justification, but there are plenty of good reasons -- both pragmatic and otherwise -- to do so.

The link between creativity and better mental and physical health is well established by research. Creating helps make people happier, less anxious, more resilient and better equipped to problem-solve in the face of hardship.

Studies say that the stress of work is consuming many of us. And that stress can lead to weight gain, elevated glucose levels, upper-respiratory infections and cardiovascular disease.

Confucius once said that if you choose a job you love, you will never work a day in your life. Confucius must have known then what science now confirms: Passion protects us physiologically, allowing us to work longer and harder than we would be able to toiling away at a job we hate.


Imagining and creating give us a sense of purpose, Wagner says. If you lack those things, a pervasive sense of emptiness becomes the default. The great seduction later in life is that many of us fill the vacuum with false friends, material things and medication, both legal and otherwise."

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I don't consider myself a traditionally "creative type" (art, writing, music, etc) although the lack of purpose/pervasive sense of emptiness certainly hits home.

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I agree with my whole heart!


This is my story and how music and words have helped my recovery.

I always wrote poetry. I was prompted to do so by anxiety.

I just had to get those ideas out onto paper. Like rid myself of them. Or give them meaning. I don't know.

And when I write, I write very fast without really thinking about it...I just want to let it all out. Almost like vomiting thoughts.

Around 2005, my good friend (now my husband <3) asked me to make music with him. He would write the music and I would do vocals and lyrics.

What has happened over time is that I am able to hear my thoughts...be them negative, suicidal, family issues, issues about meds...rearranged to music.

I am able to make sense of these words that came screaming out at a time of high anxiety.

So, I hear the thoughts differently each time.

For example, I may hear a song from 2008, after I have learned new information and it puts a new spin on my old thoughts!

It's amazing!

I am able to analyze myself, my feelings over and over again in new ways. It's been a great creative journey of understanding.

I read a article about youth exposed to violence and group music making. Music making creates meaning and safety.

I was diagnosed at 15 and have been on meds ever since. In December of 2012 has been my first attempt at tapering. We have made music during this period which allows me to work through anxiety attacks and then fix meaning to those events.

I am very grateful for this.

I believe it's helped me to recover.

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My daughter loves to sew. She designs and creates costumes and jewelry. I see such joy coming over her when she is sewing and creating.


I used to sew and I think about buying a computerized sewing machine alot. I immerse myself into other creative areas and there really is a happiness-centered quality about it all.


Gardening and landscaping are creative outlets for me as well.


Music is wonderful and sharing that with your spouse it even more wonderful:)

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That's an awesome story! I love music, but only sing when by myself or when riding my horses... alone :o. During early withdrawal, i drove for H.O.U.R.S. every day, singing along with CDs. It was how i coped with the anxiety and akathisia. It was as if I was hearing the words for the first time even though i knew the song melody for years.


Then, i started to enjoy country music which was a shock to me! I hated it before withdrawal but it suddenly resonated with me. I haven't listened to it for several months now. Very strange how my perceptions and tastes have changed.

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I don't consider myself a traditionally "creative type" (art, writing, music, etc) although the lack of purpose/pervasive sense of emptiness certainly hits home.


I feel exactly similarly. I am not very 'creative' at all, less than ever in my own life even. But I still long to DO SOMETHING to make it all worthwhile. Totally understand.

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