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20 Things Only Highly Creative People Would Understand

20 Things Only Highly Creative People Would Understand

There’s no argument anymore. Neuroscience confirms that highly creative people think and act differently than the average person. Their brains are literally hardwired in a unique way. But that gift can often strain relationships. I’ve seen it firsthand while working with New York Times bestselling authors and Grammy-winning musicians.

If you love a highly creative person, you probably experience moments when it seems like they live in a completely different world than you. Truth is, they do. But trying to change them isn’t nearly as effective as trying to understand them.

It all begins by seeing the world through their lens and remembering these 20 things:

1. They have a mind that never slows down.

The creative mind is a non-stop machine fueled by intense curiosity. There is no pause button and no way to power it down. This can be exhausting at times but it is also the source of some crazy fun activities and conversations.

2. They challenge the status quo.

Two questions drive every creative person more than any others: What if? and Why not? They question what everyone else takes at face value. While uncomfortable for those around them, it’s this ability that enables creatives to redefine what’s possible.

3. They embrace their genius even if others don’t.

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    Creative individuals would rather be authentic than popular. Staying true to who they are, without compromise, is how they define success even if means being misunderstood or marginalized.

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    4. They have difficulty staying on task.

    Highly creative people are energized by taking big mental leaps and starting new things. Existing projects can turn into boring slogs when the promise of something new and exciting grabs their attention.

    5. They create in cycles.

    Creativity has a rhythm that flows between periods of high, sometimes manic, activity and slow times that can feel like slumps. Each period is necessary and can’t be skipped just like the natural seasons are interdependent and necessary.

    6. They need time to feed their souls.

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      No one can drive cross-country on a single take of gas. In the same way, creative people need to frequently renew their source of inspiration and drive. Often, this requires solitude for periods of time.

      7. They need space to create.

      Having the right environment is essential to peak creativity. It may be a studio, a coffee shop, or a quiet corner of the house. Wherever it is, allow them to set the boundaries and respect them.

      8. They focus intensely.

      Highly creative people tune the entire world out when they’re focused on work. They cannot multi-task effectively and it can take twenty minutes to re-focus after being interrupted, even if the interruption was only twenty seconds.

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      9. They feel deeply.

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        Creativity is about human expression and communicating deeply. It’s impossible to give what you don’t have, and you can only take someone as far as you have gone yourself. A writer once told me that an artist must scream at the page if they want a whisper to be heard. In the same way, a creative person must feel deep if they are to communicate deeply.

        10. They live on the edge of joy and depression.

        Because they feel deeply, highly creative people often can quickly shift from joy to sadness or even depression. Their sensitive heart, while the source of their brilliance, is also the source of their suffering.

        11. They think and speak in stories.

        Facts will never move the human heart like storytelling can. Highly creative people, especially artists, know this and weave stories into everything they do. It takes longer for them to explain something, explaining isn’t the point. The experience is.

        12. They battle Resistance every day.

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          Steven Pressfield, author of The War of Art, writes:

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          “Most of us have two lives. The life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands Resistance.”

          Highly creative people wake up every morning, fully aware of the need to grow and push themselves. But there is always the fear, Resistance as Pressfield calls it, that they don’t have what it takes. No matter how successful the person, that fear never goes away. They simply learn to deal with it, or not.

          13. They take their work personally.

          Creative work is a raw expression of the person who created it. Often, they aren’t able to separate themselves from it, so every critique is seen either as a validation or condemnation of their self-worth.

          14. They have a hard time believing in themselves.

          Even the seemingly self-confident creative person often wonders, Am I good enough? They constantly compare their work with others and fail to see their own brilliance, which may be obvious to everyone else.

          15. They are deeply intuitive.

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            Science still fails to explain the How and Why of creativity. Yet, creative individuals know instinctively how to flow in it time and again. They will tell you that it can’t be understood, only experienced firsthand.

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            16. They often use procrastination as a tool.

            Creatives are notorious procrastinators because many do their best work under pressure. They will subconsciously, and sometimes purposefully, delay their work until the last minute simply to experience the rush of the challenge.

            17. They are addicted to creative flow.

            Recent discoveries in neuroscience reveal that “the flow state” might be the most addictive experience on earth. The mental and emotional payoff is why highly creative people will suffer through the highs and lows of creativity. It’s the staying power. In a real sense, they are addicted to the thrill of creating.

            18. They have difficulty finishing projects.

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              The initial stage of the creative process is fast moving and charged with excitement. Often, they will abandon projects that are too familiar in order to experience the initial flow that comes at the beginning.

              19. They connect dots better than others.

              True creativity, Steve Jobs once said, is little more than connecting the dots. It’s seeing patterns before they become obvious to everyone else.

              20. They will never grow up.

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                Creatives long to see through the eyes of a child and never lose a sense of wonder. For them, life is about mystery, adventure, and growing young. Everything else is simply existing, and not true living.

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                13 Ways Happy People Think and Feel Differently

                13 Ways Happy People Think and Feel Differently

                Let me begin by being 100% frank with you – everyone is capable of happiness.

                Happiness is first a choice but it also takes persistence to maintain. Happiness is our birth right and my mission is to help as many people as I can live their happiest life.

                My mission is to spread the message that everyone deserves happiness.

                To live a happy life; however, you must do the work, gain the necessary knowledge, and increase your awareness.

                You must fully embody this state and begin to think and feel happiness on every level of your being.

                Often times, excuses present themselves and our mind gives us the reasons why we can’t be happy:

                “I am too busy right now to focus on happiness”

                “I will be happy when I finish school, when I have the money, when I am in the right relationship, when I have kids, when my children are older….”

                “I would have had a happy life if this traumatic event had never happened”

                “I don’t deserve happiness”

                EVERYONE deserves happiness. The reason that you are here right now is because you have a purpose and you are on the earth to enjoy your journey.

                Think BIGGER than your excuses. Push FARTHER than your complaints.

                Don’t be pulled away from greatness. Get uncomfortable. At least these are what happy and successful people do on a daily basis.

                This article highlights the top 13 tips and tricks of how happy people think and feel.

                If you would like to begin embodying this life-changing state, then… Here are the 13 ways Happy People Think and Feel Differently:

                1. Happy People Put Happiness First

                Happy people have made the decision that their end goal is happiness.

                Every situation, event, bad day ultimately ends with happiness.

                To them, happiness is equivalent to sleep and water – it is a necessity to their life. To live an unhappy life is to have never lived at all.

                The happy person asks,

                “What would be the point of living if every day and moment were filled with negativity?”

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                “Why would I deplete my energy on negativity when I expend less to be positive?”

                They make happy-based decisions which means in EVERY MOMENT they choose happiness.

                If their circumstances can’t change then they instead change their perspective, they look for the silver lining in the negative.

                Happy people don’t let negativity steal their moments away – a positive mindset always prevails.

                If you ask a happy person how their day was, they will always answer your question with a highlight or a lesson learned.

                2. Happy People Embrace Pain

                I know what you are thinking –

                “No one is ALWAYS happy”

                or …

                “Even happy people get in bad moods”

                and …

                These statements are absolutely accurate.

                Happy people aren’t always happy and they DO get into bad moods. They get overwhelmed, they feel defeated, and their feelings get hurt.

                Happy people aren’t invincible and they feel pain just like everyone else. The only difference between happy people and people who let negativity run their lives is that…

                Happy people quickly acknowledge their pain and they make a decision to find a way to transform their pain into something greater. They also use these 13 simple ways to shake off the sadness.

                Happy people admit the negativity they feel and they do what it takes to get back into their natural state: happiness.

                When your end goal is happiness, then you will find a way to achieve it no matter how much strength you have to muster.

                3. Happy People Have a Happy Self-Image

                We all have an image in our minds that we subconsciously live up to.

                The reason that change is so hard is because our subconscious mind is programmed to live by how we define ourselves.

                How are you currently defining yourself?

                For happy people, they see themselves with a smile, positive outlook, and/or a bounce in their step. When an event or situation arises that brings in a negative emotion, they quickly change their state to resemble their natural self-image.

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                When happy people are in a bad mood, it feels unusual to them because feeling negative isn’t aligned with how they see themselves.

                When they feel upset, they acknowledge the negativity and look for a solution to bring their emotions to the level of how they perceive themselves.

                Look at how you define yourself today – your mind and body are always trying to live up to the definition it is taught to believe.

                Your body’s job is to keep you in a “normal” state because this is where it feels most comfortable.

                If your self-image is happy, then your mind and body will naturally be brought back to where it feels at home. Your actions will be a clue to how you define yourself.

                4. Happy People Have a Strong Support System

                The happiest people know that it takes a village and they lean on others for support.

                Happy people feel comfortable reaching out for help when they feel that their resistances are overpowering them. They quickly sense their negativity and they tell somebody.

                Happy people ask for assistance when they can’t figure out a problem. Seeking help takes strength and it never gets in the way of their self-worth. Happy people appreciate the wisdom that their support system provides.

                They have strong connections with the people who are close to them. They never trudge through tough times alone because jeopardizing their happiness for too long would be detrimental to their well-being.

                5. Happy People Safeguard Their Minds from Negative Triggers

                Warding off negativity is almost impossible when we live in a society that lives by what went wrong and feeds off of what could go wrong. News travels instantaneously so it would be unrealistic to shut this out of your life completely.

                However, one strategy that happy people use to safeguard their minds is regulating their environment.

                We have a lot of control on how we allow our environments to affect us. We can control our social media feed, the television shows and movies we watch, the books that we read, the people that we spend our time with, and the places that we hang out.

                If happiness is your end goal, then take a good look at what is bringing you down. What triggers your unhappiness? See if there is anything in your environment that can be changed……

                What we listen to, read, and who we hang out with influence our mind, what we think about, what we worry about, our reactions, and behaviors.

                Happy people know what triggers a feeling of negativity and it feels out of alignment for them so they do what it takes to avoid it.

                They might regulate their social media news feed to reflect the information that brings them positive energy. They might regulate the people that they spend their time with. It is important to hang out with like-minded people.

                What are you triggers? How can you avoid the negativity in your environment?

                These are ways that happy people regulate their environment and safeguard their minds.

                6. Happy People Know When to Say “No”

                Happy people know when to sit one out and say “no.” They do this to protect their happiness and well-being.

                Life gets overwhelming – a lot of people need our attention and the to do list can seem never ending.

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                Happy people give themselves permission to take the day off and they feel comfortable with saying “no” when their stress levels begin to climb. They understand that those around them aren’t benefiting from someone who is frazzled, overwhelmed, and tired.

                A happy person identifies their negative emotion and then they quickly treat it to bring themselves back to their “normal” state, so that they can be at their best for not only themselves but for those around them, too.

                A simple “no” can ultimately mean many more “yes’s” in the future because happiness has a long battery life. You can take a look at Leo Babauta’s article The Gentle Art of Saying No and learn to say no.

                7. Happy People Are Good Evaluators

                Happy people can quickly sense when something is off with themselves or others. They are very intuitive to happiness levels. When someone isn’t quite right, they are the first ones to notice.

                Being able to evaluate happiness means that you can identify when negativity is lingering around for too long.

                We all have bad days; however, the happy person evaluates often and quickly intervenes.

                In other words, happy people frequently evaluate their state and immediately change when their pessimism is overshadowing their joy.

                8. Happy People Bring Other People Up

                What goes on inside of us is mirrored into our physical world.

                What we think about literally consumes our life and is displayed in our work, relationships, and attitude.

                Happy people naturally feel good inside and about themselves so they treat others the way that they treat themselves. It never feels forced to give a compliment or to help out a stranger.

                When we are truly happy with ourselves, everyone around us has a better experience. Happy people are kind to themselves and because of this, it feels natural to them to want to make others’ happy, too.

                9. Happy People Go After Their Dreams

                Happy people are always following the joyful path. They make happy-based decisions and because of this, they always end up where they want to be.

                It’s absolutely impossible to be happy by following an undesirable path, which is quite opposite for unhappy people.

                Most people journey through life on a path they think they are “supposed” to be own. Warning signs (negativity) are often ignored because they truly believe that these feelings are a normal part of life.

                Negativity is NOT normal.

                The happiest people investigate the negativity in their life and quickly analyze the results. This process allows them to get back on the joyful path which ends in a desirable outcome.

                Follow your happiness and your dreams will come true (If that isn’t motivation then I don’t know what is!)

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                10. Happy People Never Sweat the Small Stuff

                The only expectation that the happy person has is that they remain in a joyful state.

                They rarely have expectations for the events and people in their lives because they know that this is a sure way to get let down.

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                The happiest people take life as it comes – you could say that they roll with the punches. When you don’t have expectations, thenyoue can just sit back and watch how beautifully life unfolds.

                Happy people understand that bad things are inevitable, they are a part of life – The car will break, the kids will make mistakes, people will be late, and dinner will burn.

                If it’s not anything seriously affecting their lives, then they don’t give their energy to it.

                11. Happy People Rarely Have to Prove That They Are Right

                Happy people remember that it’s more important to live up to what they believe. When you live your life aligned with your belief system, then there is no need to explain or prove yourself to others.

                Differences in opinions are inevitable, but the happiest of people know it’s wasted energy to defend their position.

                It is more effective to simply show people, through actions, how you think, feel, and what you believe.

                Energy is saved, arguments are diminished, and credibility/respect are gained when we live by what we believe.

                12. Happy People Smile (Even When They Don’t Want To)

                Smiling is one of the healthiest things we can do; and happy people use this simple trick quite often.

                It has been proven that smiling has the ability to boost your immune system, decrease stress levels, and can even make you look younger. The benefits of smiling have even been backed up by science.[1]

                Better yet, smiling is contagious. When you engage in a quick smile, you are likely to brighten someone else’s day along with your own. It is no wonder why happy people smile often!

                13. Happy People Live Life in the Present Moment.

                When we are genuinely happy, we are living for the moment.

                Happy people let go of the past, enjoy the present, and look forward to the future. They take the moments for what they are worth – they only invest their energy in what feels right to them.

                Everyone is capable of living a happy-centered life. You deserve a life that you desire – your dream life. All you have to start doing is make happy-based decisions TODAY.

                In every moment, decide on what makes you happy – decide on what gets you excited. Stop doing what you don’t love, don’t listen to the people that you dislike.

                If you are engaging in something that isn’t bringing you joy, then quit doing it. Listen to your heart, stop ignoring the warning signs (negativity) because they are there for a reason.

                I have observed, studied, and interviewed some of the happiest and most successful people along with some of the most miserable and self-loathing.

                It starts with one decision – happiness.

                The happiest, most successful people choose happiness with EACH and EVERY decision. And you can start doing this today.

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                Reference

                [1] Harvard Business Review: The Science Behind the Smile

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