#Creativity

Keep Your Aging Mind Occupied, Interested And Engaged

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 10.13.2016 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Some studies have shown that open-mindedness, intellectual curiosity and creativity do in fact benefit the aging mind, and may even play a role in longevity. A positive attitude and outlook on life may also factor in. Well-functioning mental capacities may also influence how people age physically.

Open Your Heart With Gratitude Every Day Of The Year

Shannon Skinner | Posted 10.12.2016 | Canada Living
Shannon Skinner

We're heard it said time and again that an "attitude of gratitude" is one of the keys to a fulfilling life. You might already practice this, or it may not be anything new to you. But sometimes we need a reminder -- or a gentle nudge. So here are some ways you can experience more love and gratitude every day:

Sharing My Cancer Story Helped Me Rediscover The Magic In Life

Teva Harrison | Posted 09.23.2016 | Canada Living
Teva Harrison

Little by little, I was feeling better, more able to get out of bed, more in control of my own emotions. I was, quite literally, drawing myself out of depression -- the deepest depression I've ever known. With these drawings, I was trying to make sense of how to live with cancer, but I was also trying to work out how to go on living with joy, wonder, and especially hope.

You're An Artist, Why Not Act Like One?

Ron Tite | Posted 09.21.2016 | Canada Living
Ron Tite

Artists can teach you everything you need to know about being creative. Don't worry, don't get your Dockers in a twist. You don't need to actually sculpt or paint or perform an expressive dance. You just have to think like those who do.

Welcome To The Island Of Beautiful People

Natalie Karneef | Posted 06.21.2016 | Canada Travel
Natalie Karneef

Canggu is a visually stunning paradise where rice paddies meet ocean. Like most of Bali, it is full of kindness, and very relaxed. Out on the roads, cars, trucks, buses and scooters press up against each other, snaking through black exhaust in an unhurried manner, everyone just emanating this "we'll get there eventually" vibe.

How I Learned To Avoid Cleverly, Play Wisely And Procrastinate Brilliantly

Marcia Sirota | Posted 05.24.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

I've come to see that instead of wasting time on people and activities that deplete me, I need to "waste" my time procrastinating and playing, so that many more absurd and ridiculous ideas can trickle into my conscious awareness.

Cendrine Marrouat: Life's Little Photographer

David Leonhardt | Posted 05.18.2016 | Canada Living
David Leonhardt

Cendrine never knew she wanted to be a photographer. She had always planned to be a teacher. And she did. She taught French for 13 years, then started teaching social media, too. In fact, she is the author of two social media books. How does a teacher even find photography?

Allergies? It's Time To Un-Restrict Your Diet

Amanda Orlando | Posted 05.11.2016 | Canada Living
Amanda Orlando

If there's one thing I've realized over the years, it's that the only reason I should feel restricted is if I make myself feel that way. There are endless combinations of food that can be put together to create a delicious meal, and by seeing it that way I keep my eyes open to new possibilities.

Why You Need To Write Like Nobody's Reading

Cheryl Muir | Posted 05.09.2016 | Canada Living
Cheryl Muir

Want to know a little secret? My novel focuses on sex, violence and money so it's near impossible for me to publish it without offending someone. So I thought, f*ck it. I'm going to write whatever the hell I want, and once it's out into the world, I let go of the outcome. Criticism, praise, or worse, crickets -- I'll take it all on the chin. As long as I know I've written what I wanted to, that in my mind equals literary success.

Prince: The Tragic Death Of A Strange Genius

Marcia Sirota | Posted 05.06.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

In thinking about what it was that made people love him so much, I came to the conclusion that it was because he was completely and utterly himself. He was always authentic to his vision and unafraid to do things exactly his way. He was someone who was truly free.

17 Ways To Become Incredibly Creative And Productive

Marcia Sirota | Posted 05.03.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

Some people are extremely creative and productive. They're prolific writers, painters and musicians; they're visionary designers, architects and speakers. It's as though they experience no obstacles to producing a constant flow of high-quality work. Some people are just lucky and their productivity comes naturally. The rest of us can learn their secrets and discover, for ourselves, that amazing state of flow.

Why "No Idea Is An Original Idea" Is A Lie

Cheryl Muir | Posted 04.19.2016 | Canada Living
Cheryl Muir

If an idea comes from your brain, and you haven't looked at or compared or copied anyone else's work in order to conceive that idea, then guess what -- that's an original idea. What usually happens though is we get all excited, think the idea is brilliant, and then we Google it like a crazy person and our hearts sink when we see something similar has been done before. But here's the thing: The fact that someone has created this before doesn't mean your idea isn't original.

You Are Entitled To A Creative Voice

Sarah Scott | Posted 04.11.2016 | Canada Parents
Sarah Scott

My dad is artistic. He creates really beautiful fishing flies. Just mention his work of fly tying and watch his eyes light up. Sit a moment as he winds his threads and here him talking to himself passionately about what he is doing. When he says otherwise, it makes me wonder: Who told my dad that he's not artistic? What made him think that?

A Creative Approach To Problem-Solving Sparks Innovation

Dale Turken | Posted 03.17.2016 | Canada Business
Dale Turken

The trouble with innovation, though, is that it isn't easy. Creating the next big thing requires the stars to align. Hard work and luck are both parts of the equation, but there's another trait that makes innovation possible -- creativity. Creativity is the key to innovation, and it's what makes entrepreneur culture so enticing.

Art Empowers Marginalized Youth To Dream Big

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 03.03.2016 | Canada Living
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Some 30,000 young Canadians ages 16 to 24 are homeless at any given time. If you're young and also dealing with abuse, addiction, a broken family or mental illness, finding your way is an immensely tough trek. Art is an accessible way to confront those seemingly impossible challenges.

Andra Vomir, Kinesiologist, Urges You To Give Yourself The Space To Listen To Your Body

Kristen Marano | Posted 02.03.2016 | Canada Living
Kristen Marano

Kinesiology helps to uncover the emotional causes of self-limiting beliefs, distress, anxiety, pain, illness, and disease. Kinesiology uses light muscle testing to identify stressors in the body, allowing us to work on a deeper level than with conventional therapy.

Starting A Hobby Is An Excellent Way To Recharge

Posted 09.10.2016 | Canada Living

It might seem as though there is no time left to cultivate hobbies. But taking on a new hobby or side project can be an excellent way to mentally and physically recharge, try new things, gain experience and make new friends.

10 Books To Energize The Mind And Spirit

The Huffington Post Canada | Rebecca Ridlington | Posted 01.26.2016 | Canada Living

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Music Happens When Men Learn To Take Baby Steps

Shelagh Meagher | Posted 01.25.2016 | Canada Living
Shelagh Meagher

Instead of trying to do something massively challenging, you try getting yourself where you want to go one little step at a time. A friend of mine has been unwittingly proving how well this works. He wanted a chance to play his bass guitar, so he set up a space in his house for the necessary amps, mics and a drum kit. And here's what happened.

Why I Don't Wear The Exact Same Thing To Work Everyday

Nicholas Mizera | Posted 01.20.2016 | Canada Style
Nicholas Mizera

I consider throwing on the same T-shirt and jeans or suit and tie -- day in, day out -- a missed opportunity to improve your productivity before you head into the workplace. That bit of mental energy and time you may devote to finding something new to wear every morning can very well pay off dividends, I find. It's meditation by menswear.

Sufism: How Creativity Can Reconnect Us With Nature

Aya Al-Hakim | Posted 12.29.2015 | Canada Living
Aya Al-Hakim

Humanity is seen to be independent from nature, even above it. This has been the Western vision of the world. In poisoning the earth, we were led on a self-destructive path. But I try to invoke here an alternative vision, expressed by Islamic (Sufi) arts, which finds that the way humanity relates and depends on nature can be renewed once the creative life is reclaimed.

13 Books To Help You Unleash Your Creative Beast In 2016

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 12.23.2015 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

Want a hit of inspiration that will help you unleash your creative beast? These 13 books that will help you do just that.

As an Arab-Canadian, I'm Still Searching for Home

Aya Al-Hakim | Posted 10.14.2016 | Canada Living
Aya Al-Hakim

What does it mean to be an Arab living in the West? Can I be part of two worlds and to what extent? Going through an identity crisis, results into an ongoing questioning. It is the process of reflecting on the shattered pieces of memory, an abandoned language and understanding of one's ancestors and history.

What I Learned From My Summer Job at SHAD 2015

Sarena Dharshi | Posted 09.14.2016 | Canada Alberta
Sarena Dharshi

Although the friends, connections and lessons gained through SHAD stay with you long after the program, it's supposed to be one of those once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. I am one of the lucky few who got a second chance to experience it, albeit through a different perspective.

Busting the 'Genius' Myth

Elan Divon | Posted 08.26.2016 | Canada Living
Elan Divon

Take a moment to think about a famous scientist. Imagine this person in your mind's eye. What does he or she look like? Chances are, you pictured Albert Einstein with his wild silver hair and starry gaze. Failing that, you probably visualized an elderly gentleman wearing a lab coat.