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Small Projects Generate Good Feelings

Small Projects Generate Good Feelings
Corn Hole

    Small projects are the best way to generate good feelings. Go ahead and create a small project, whether it be a shoe box diorama birthday present to a friend or even washing the dirty dishes. After you finish the project, take notice of how you feel after you finish it. You can’t deny the positive feelings that come along with finishing a small project.

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    If You Build It Your Happiness Will Increase

    If You don’t know what to build, then try building the game of Cornhole. I built an outdoor game so when friends and family came to visit we could be outside with something to do. It’s a lot like horse shoes, but it won’t eat up your lawn. The things you toss are cloth bags filled with corn. You toss them at a 6 inch hole cut out of a wooden board. Three points if you make it into the hole and one point if you land it on the wooden board. The two wooden boards are placed about twenty-seven feet apart and the first person to score 21 wins.

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    I never played the game before, but after hearing about it on the radio I looked it up and the idea energized me. Instead of putting it on the back burner like a lot of my past ideas, I decided to give myself fifteen minutes to research and plan the construction of Cornhole. Once I did that I was hooked. It took me three weekends to build and paint, but after it was done my pride was beaming. I ordered the corn bags online and they arrived two days before the party began. My friends and family had a grand time tossing around the bags and making raunchy jokes throughout each game. The name of Cornhole will do that to any beer drinking crowd.

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    Give it a Go

    The little ideas are the ones that seem to give the most pleasure. The next time you have an idea for a small project, jot down a few notes before you forget about the idea. Then take a few minutes to do some Internet research and see what happens. You’ll probably have a little jolt of energy and feel like giving that little sparkle of an idea a try. Even if it doesn’t work out you’ll probably extract some joy from it. If you don’t get any pleasure from working on a small project then I’ll send you a personal apology postcard. Just email me your information. You won’t go on any mailing list, just an apology for giving you an idea that didn’t increase your happiness. My guess is that no one will take advantage of this offer because I know it works. Action creates excitement and excitement creates good feelings. It’s a recipe for success.

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    Last Updated on January 21, 2020

    What Is Creativity? We All Have It, and Need It

    What Is Creativity? We All Have It, and Need It

    Do you think of yourself as a creative person? Do you play the drums or do watercolor paintings? Perhaps compose songs or direct plays? Can you even relate to any of these so called ‘creative’ experiences? Growing up, did you ever have that ‘artistic’ sibling or friend who excelled in drawing, playing instruments or literature? And you maybe wondered why you can’t even compose a birthday card greeting–or that drawing stick figures is the furthest you’ll ever get to drawing a family portrait. Many people have this common assumption that creativity is an inborn talent; only a special group of people are inherently creative, and everyone else just unfortunately does not have that special ability. You either have that creative flair or instinct, or you don’t. But, this is far from the truth! So what is creativity?

    Can I Be Creative?

    The fact is, that everyone has an innate creative ability. Despite what most people may think, creativity is a skill that everyone can learn and hone on. It’s a skill with huge leverage that allows you to generate enormous amounts of value from relatively little input. How is that so? You’ll have to start by expanding your definition of creativity. Ironically, you have to be creative and ‘think out of the box’ with the definition! Creativity at its heart, is being able to see things in a way that others cannot. It’s a skill that helps you find new perspectives to create new possibilities and solutions to different problems. So, if you encounter different challenges and problems that need solving on a regular basis, then creativity is an invaluable skill to have.Let’s say, for example, that you work in sales. Having creativity will help you to look for new ways to approach and reach out to potential customers. Or perhaps you’re a teacher. In this role you have to constantly look for new ways to deliver your message and educate your students.

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    How Creativity Works

    Let me break another misconception about creativity, which is that it’s only used to create completely “new” or “original” things. Again, this is far from the truth. Because nothing is ever completely new or original. Everything, including works of art, doesn’t come from nothing. Everything derives from some sort of inspiration. That means that creativity works by connecting things together in order to derive new meaning or value.From this perspective, you can see a lot of creativity in action. In technology, Apple combines traditional computers with design and aesthetics to create new ways to use digital products. In music, a musician may be inspired by various styles of music, instruments and rhythms to create an entirely new type of song. All of these examples are about connecting different ideas, finding common ground amongst the differences, and creating a completely new idea out of them.

    What Really Is Creativity?

    Creativity Needs an Intention

    Another misconception about the creative process is that you can just be in a general “creative” state. Real creativity isn’t about coming up with “eureka!” moments for random ideas. Instead, to be truly creative, you need to have a direction. You have to ask yourself this question: “What problem am I trying to solve?” Only by knowing the answer to this question can you start flexing your creativity muscles. Often times, the idea of creativity is associated with the ‘Right’ brain, with intuition and imagination. Hence a lot of focus is placed on the ‘Right’ brain when it comes to creativity. But, to get the most out of creativity, you need to utilize both sides of your brain–Right and Left–which means using the analytical and logical part of your brain, too. This may sound surprising to you, but creativity has a lot to do with problem solving. And, problem solving inherently involves logic and analysis. So instead of throwing out the ‘Left’ brain, full creativity needs them to work in unison. For example, when you’re looking for new ideas, your ‘Left’ brain will guide you to a place of focus, which is based on your objective behind the ideas you’re searching for. The ‘Right’ brain then guides you to gather and explore based on your current focus. And when you decide to try out these new ideas, your ‘Right’ brain will give you novel solutions outside of the ones you already know. Your ‘Left’ brain then helps you evaluate and tune the solutions to work better in practice. So, logic and creativity actually work hand in hand, and not one at the expense of the other.

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    Creativity Is a Skill

    At the end of the day, creativity is a skill. It’s not some innate or natural born talent that some have over others. What this means is that creativity and innovation can be practiced and improved upon systematically.A skill can be learned and practiced by applying your strongest learning styles. Want to know what your learning style is? Try this test. A skill can be measured and improved through a Feedback Loop, and can be continuously upgraded over time by regular practice. Through regular practice, your creativity goes through different stages of proficiency. This means that you can become more and more creative! If you never thought that creativity was relevant to you, or that you don’t have a knack for being creative… think again! You can use creativity in any aspect of your life. In fact you should use it, as it will allow you to to break through your usual loop, get you out of your comfort zone, and inspire you to grow and try new things. Creativity will definitely give you an edge when you’re trying to solve a problem or come up with new solutions.

    Start Connecting the Dots

    Excited to start honing your creativity? Here at Lifehack, we’ve got a wealth of knowledge to help you get started. We understand that creativity is a matter of connecting things together in order to derive new meaning or value. So, if you want to learn how to start connecting the dots, check out these tips:

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