Better living through creativity

Michelangelo was appointed architect of St. Peters in Rome -- at age seventy-two.  Social creativity blossoms with age, also.

Michelangelo was appointed architect of St. Peters in Rome -- at age seventy-two. Social creativity blossoms with age, also.

It’s more than artsy-crafty

In The Creative Age, author Gene D. Cohen cites the benefits of enhanced creativity. He compares the benefits of tapping our creativity to that of exercising to improve our muscle tone.

Nurturing our creativity can provide these benefits:

* Stronger morale.  “Creativity makes us more emotionally resilient and better able to cope with life’s adversity and losses.”

* Improved physical health.  Expressing our creativity can foster a positive outlook and sense of well-being, which in turn can strengthen our immune system and health.

* Enriches relationships.  If we are more optimistic about aging, we can more comfortably discuss it with our children. A more open, positive outlook on aging can encourage our children and grandchildren to also see more of the opportunities and promises of aging and less of the penalties of aging. This positive outlook encourages more open communication and trust across the generations.

* Provide a legacy.  I admire Cohen’s vision of being a role model for our families, improving individual thinking and social policies about aging.  We don’t need t win Nobel Prizes to make a positive impact on our family and through them, on the world.

UPDATE:  Dr. Cohen is presenting a fall webinar series this afternoon. Learn more at http://www.creativeaging.org

Stop by tomorrow when I’ll be reviewing the myths of aging

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