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Wellness Guide — Creativity & Wellness

A Guide to UConn Library Resources on Wellness and Self-Care

Creativity & Wellness

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” This quote from Maya Angelou is a wonderful reminder that creativity is always there and can be tapped for your personal outlet. While it's important to remember that creativity is yours to explore and engage with, it's more important to remember that, as Bob Ross says, there are "No mistakes. Only happy accidents." Think of ways that you creatively express yourself. Do you enjoy singing, dancing, drawing, painting, doodling, playing a musical instrument, listening to a favorite musical artist, or coloring? There are many ways to be creative. Why not make a feel-good, empowering music playlist, keep a journal, doodle on a handy scrap of paper, start a new knitting or crocheting project? By doing an activity that allows you to creatively express yourself, you can find a sense of well-being.

Image of Painter Bob Ross painting a landscape with mountains and trees

Image Source: Reader's Digest

Examples of Creative Activities:

  • Coloring, painting
  • Making a zine or comic
  • Gardening
  • Making electronics
  • Cooking or baking
  • Singing and dancing

                                                        photo of watercolor paints and paintbrushes next to a blank notebook

                                                                                 Photo by Tim Arterbury on Unsplash

Arts & Crafts

Laughter and Wellness

"Everybody laughs the same in every language because laughter is a universal connection." This quote by Jakob Smirnoff captures the great part about laughter - it's universal and can be shared by everyone. Victor Hugo said that,

"laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.” 

Whether you are watching a stand up comedy show on Netflix or Youtube, laughing at a silly TikTok dance, or laughing with your friends-- laughter helps to calm our bodies and reduce cortisol.

Books

Artists Speak About Creativity

The opening event of the National Endowment for the Arts's In the Pursuit of the Creative Life Special 50th anniversary convening on November 18, 2016, featured musician, producer, designer, DJ, and author Questlove talking with NPR television critic Eric Deggans about living creatively and supporting creativity in others.

Jazz musician Wynton Marsalis talks to Jazz at Lincoln Center about the power of "collective creativity:"

Physical Library Books on Creativity