Often a creative person is defined as an artist, an inventor, or illustrator,
someone involved in the visual arts. However, everyone is creative. The ability
to cultivate original ideas, to be imaginative, to problem solve, communicate
with others, or entertain ourselves, all require creativity, and all form the
basis of innovation.
Creativity is not about making something, but as the root meaning of the word
suggests, it means 'to grow'....grow new ideas, new thoughts, new perspectives.
Creativity can be either emotional or cognitive, spontaneous or deliberate. It
can be solving a problem in a new way, taking risks, or facing fears. It can be
breaking the routine and doing things differently.
Being creative can help with problem-solving in all areas of life. In the
workplace, creativity helps us to generate or recognize ideas, alternatives, or
new possibilities that may be useful in solving problems and communicating with
others. It has also been researched to decrease negative emotions, stress,
anxiety, and improve health and happiness.