Improve Your Creative Health

What is Creative Health?

Health

According to the World Health Organisation ‘health’ is, “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” This definition has not been amended since 1948.[i]

Creativity

Some psychologists define ‘creativity’ as “the purposeful generation and implementation of a novel idea. In the workplace, it may be … characterised as the effortful pursuit and implementation of novelty that results in measurably useful outcomes.” [ii]

For Australia’s leading social researcher, psychologist Hugh Mackay:

“Creativity is all about exploring the self; it’s about the therapeutic benefit of learning how to express yourself and that in turn is all about connecting with your own thoughts and feelings.” [iii]

When we combine ‘health’ with ‘creativity’ – the ability to create, invent or imagine, we arrive at the concept of Creative Health.

Creative Health

A state of being where we feel a sense of balance in our lives, where we are open to new ideas and experiences, where we are willing to experiment, to learn new skills and to play for pure enjoyment.

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[i] Preamble to the Constitution of the World Health Organization as adopted by the International Health Conference, New York, 19-22 June 1946. www.who.int/about/definition/en/print.html
[ii] Chrysikou, Evangelia G. Scientific American Mind July/Aug 2012, Vol 23, Issue 3 p 24-31
[iii] Mackay, Hugh, “What Makes Us Tick” Hachette Australia, 2010, p. 108.