The pursuit of Happyness: Finding Happiness Through Creativity

 

Creativity can be a powerful force in your life. It can make you feel great about yourself and the world around you as a whole. If you are someone that has struggled with depression, stress, or anxiety, having a creative outlet can be a great way of processing your feelings and finding something positive to keep you motivated. 

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Having an expressive outlook is important, and people may find that they naturally gravitate to one form of creativity than another. You may enjoy music, art, or even writing. There is no right or wrong, just what feels good to you.  You don’t have to be the best in the world at something to take some joy and benefit from it. You can enjoy a hobby without having to be an expert at it from the very start. So, you should not let your lack of experience with a certain outlet put you off taking it up. 

 

Take Up A Musical Instrument

Many people have always wanted to take up a musical instrument but have put it off or played it down as being silly. Making music for your own enjoyment, or for other people can be a very rewarding experience. There is an especially strong feeling that comes out of making music with others. The connection that you develop with each other and with the music that you are making can be intoxicating. 

If you have never played an instrument before, don’t worry. Even Mozart had to start somewhere. Why not look at Yamaha used pianos and check out some local music classes. 

If you would like to learn something a little easier, the ukelele is one of the easiest instruments to pick up. With some basic youtube tutorials, you could be playing songs within minutes.

 

Drawing And Painting

 

Art is great way expressing your feelings. Whether you are painting with emotional brushstrokes or making images that say something about how you feel, it is a great release. Again, your perceived talent does not matter. What does matter is that you enjoy what you are doing and you feel the emotional benefit from it in your life? Focusing on details in a mindful way can be helpful when you are dealing with anxiety. Allowing yourself to calmly give your attention to something other than your worries.

 

Writing

 

There are a whole host of ways that you can get things off your chest through your writing. If you wanted to write biographical short stories, you could. If you have the patience and a big enough idea, you might have always fancied sitting down and writing a novel. There is a considerable amount of planning and thought that goes into novel writing, and for many writers, having another world to escape into can give them some peace and distraction from their own hectic lives.  If you haven’t got the time or the concepts for a big story, you could try writing poetry or flash fiction. Writing short bursts can be very rewarding, and is also a great way to build up your confidence as a writer.

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