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Should Creativity Be My New Year’s Resolution?

Jan 17, 2018 | Senior Living

The start of a New Year often elicits the need for change and a commitment to making this year the best year. These feelings are driven by goals to improve health, advance in a career or improve elements of our social lives. While health and overall wellness are important, maybe the right resolution for you is a commitment to creativity.

Why Creativity?

Creativity has the power to bring about change, including how you perceive life and overall happiness. Committing to creativity means opening yourself up to new experiences and opportunities to engage with the activities you love.

Defining Creativity

As you read the word “creativity” what do you envision? Do you see yourself at an easel or playing an instrument? What you see will help guide your creative focus as a reflection of your inner desire to try something new.

Adopting a new, creative endeavor will allow you to learn a new skill or continue to grow in your knowledge. You may choose to share your new hobby with friends and family by sharing a personalized art project. Engaging in a new pastime also allows you to connect with others who share similar interests.

At The Village at Gainesville, we provide opportunities for residents to explore their creativity. Residents are able to participate in Village Players, Self-Guided Art, Coloring for Fun, Journaling Class and Oils Art Class. Residents are encouraged to suggest new classes to allow their creativity to flourish.

Creatively Improve Health

Creativity has significant health benefits. According to a review of literature published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), “There are clear indications that artistic engagement has significantly positive effects on health.” Benefits include decreasing depressive symptoms, reducing stress and improvements in immune system health.

In addition to improving overall mood, there are cognitive benefits for those with Parkinson’s disease and various forms of dementia or cancer. According to the Mayo Clinic, art activities in middle and old age provide mental stimulation, which may delay cognitive decline in very old age.

The benefits of creativity in health and mind may be the right commitment to make 2018 your best year yet.