A spoonful of sugar may help the medicine go down. But here’s something even better! A spoonful of creativity could help you and your little ones avoid the need for medicine in the first place.
Research has long supported the benefits of creativity for helping with brain function and stress reduction. And since high stress tends to have a negative impact on both mental and physical health, using activities that encourage creativity to reduce stress is a great way to relax, unwind and stay healthy.
Now recent research has shown that daily doses of creativity can help “positive growth” in young adults. According to the results of a study published in ScienceDaily late last year: “Everyday creative activity may lead to an ‘upward spiral’ of increased wellbeing and creativity in young adults, new research from New Zealand’s University of Otago suggests.” While this particular study focused on university students, it supports past research that has shown benefits of creativity for both adults and children.
So instill a sense of creativity in your children now by encouraging them to explore and express themselves. Here are some easy ways for them to be creative: