1 Playful Exercise That’ll Spark Your Creativity

fun and play will keep the doctor away

We need to lighten up and have some creative fun. Fun and play will keep the doctor away.

If you’re anything like me, you get serious about your creative work. But we have that backwards.

Fun and play is the best reason to do anything  :-)

It relaxes us, it lowers our stress levels. And having fun makes you prettier. Bonus!

Fun and Play as a creative strategy

Creating is considered to be dangerous by the brian and that's why it activates fear. 

When you create you enter into unchartered territory. And so you have to deal with fear. Which is the simple reason so many of us don't create.

But using fun and play as a creative strategy is, besides being more joyful, clever because it relaxes the fear reaction.

If it's only for fun there's nothing to be scared about. And that hugely increases the chance of creating something. Maybe even finishing a project.

1 playful exercise that’ll spark your creativity

Draw a picture with your left hand (or the opposite hand you usually draw with)

It'll take you 5 minutes.

Look around the room you're in, pick something and draw it with your "wrong" hand and then throw it away.

There's freedom in getting permission to do something badly on purpose. Creativity feeds off freedom.

Fun and play and laughter is good for us. It's good for our health. We literally become more energized when we have fun.

There are many studies done on the health benefits of laughter and fun, I won't go into that here.

Laughter has aerobics benefits. It activates the cardiovascular system, increases the heart rate, and pumps more blood to internal organs.
— Daniel Pink

Laugh researcher William Fry found that “

it took 10 minutes of rowing on his home exercise machine to reach the heart rate produces by one minute of hearty laughter"

Whicj would you rather: 10 minutes exercising or a good laugh?

I know my answer.