Harvard has an interview with Teresa M. Amabile on creativity and the power of ordinary practices.
Here’s a gem from the interview:
If people are in a good mood on a given day, they’re more likely to have creative ideas that day, as well as the next day, even if we take into account their mood that next day.
There seems to be a cognitive process that gets set up when people are feeling good that leads to more flexible, fluent, and original thinking, and there’s actually a carryover, an incubation effect, to the next day.
So happy people really are more creative. I knew it!
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Great post! Research is also showing that happiness leads to success. So happy people are creative and successful! Looks like we need more Chief Happiness Officers! :)
Thank you VERY much Kirsten. And remember: Anyone can be a CHO.
Oh, and I blogged about the link between happiness and success here: https://positivesharing.com/2006/06/happiness-at-work-leads-to-success
I had not yet seen that post… great! Isn’t it fun when science and research supports our work to create more happiness and positivity in the world. I am so happy to have found your blog! Keep up the good work.