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Category: Creative Living (Page 2 of 12)

HOW GROUP ART PROJECTS CAN MAKE CHILDREN BETTER ADULTS

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There is no doubt that creating art, in any form, can help children learn and become more self-confident and independent.

There is even evidence that enjoying creative activities can improve health.

It’s a wonderful feeling to be focused on a creation, in a world of your own, enjoying the solitude and immersed in your project.

When a group of people come together to create something, another kind of magic happens.

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HOW TO USE CREATIVITY TO INCREASE JOY AND LOSE ANXIETY

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Did you know that the same chemicals that are released during sex and eating are released when you are engaged in a creative activity?

The reward centre in your brain releases a neurotransmitter called dopamine when you do something pleasurable.

Dopamine acts as a natural anti-depressant, which means getting creative can bring you more joy and lessen anxiety.

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HOW TO USE NATURE TO MAKE KIDS THRIVE 

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While technology is speeding ahead at breakneck speed, the human race is going backwards in some respects.

Think about it. The open spaces and natural foods and hobbies our ancestors enjoyed have been replaced with solid walls, preservative filled foods and hobbies that often include sitting in front of some kind of screen.

Sure, our lives are more comfortable. We are living longer and I daresay with less physical pain than our ancestors endured.

However, the incidence of mental health problems such as depression is skyrocketing, as are physical health issues such as obesity. And many of us are out of touch with the world that hosts us.

The very need to write an article about reconnecting kids with nature shows just how far we have slumped.

It’s not all bad news, though.

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HOW TO HELP CHILDREN LEARN MORE THROUGH CREATIVITY

 

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Our children are becoming less creative and it could be affecting their ability to learn.

Isn’t that a horrifying thought?

Studies have shown that children’s creativity tends to decrease with age. Most notably from kindergarten to grade three.

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HOW TO SPOT NATURE’S HIDDEN TREASURES

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Ever missed something that was right under your nose? The answer has to be yes because all around us, magical, secret things are happening – right under our noses – and we fail to see them.

We might think we take the time to stop and smell the roses, but how often do we silently watch a patch of grass or earth, a portion of bark on a tree, the fluttering of petals on a flower, for more than a few seconds?

Often the magic unfolds only after patient, silent, and focused watching. That is when you will find nature’s hidden treasures.

There are so many worlds within worlds around us and when we take the time to see them our own world opens into endless possibilities of creativity, peace, and harmony.

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FINDING A NICHE – SEARCHING FOR A CREATIVE SOLUTION

 

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What’s your niche? That appears to be the number one question for bloggers and writers in general.

It seems there is a simple formula to online writing that consists of finding your niche, identifying your audience, and then offering and promoting your writing to that group.

Seems pretty simple, yes?

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PLAYING WITH WORDS – ARE YOU READY TO FACE THE MUSIC?

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Well, I’m about to put a flea in your ear.

Not literally. It’s one of many strange expressions we use in the English language that can confound people who are learning the ropes (or even the language).

Many of these sayings go back to medieval times and some of the origins are quite extraordinary.

I’m about to let the cat out of the bag on these phrases. You’ll be getting it straight from the horse’s mouth. I just hope the cat doesn’t get my tongue before I’m finished or you could end up giving me the cold shoulder and then I’ll have to face the music.

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HOW TO DEFINE A CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE

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It’s undoubtedly the most important expression in our language, yet we have crammed its many profound meanings into one little four letter word – LOVE.

Isn’t it amazing that such a complicated language as English would take such a simplistic approach to an emotion that has to power to send you into a state of complete euphoria, or to break your heart?

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WHY COMPLIMENTS ARE AS GOOD AS CASH

 

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They may not put food on your table, but compliments will put joy in your heart and can be just as beneficial to your brain as a cash reward.

The beauty of this psychological reward is that it gives as much to the giver as to the receiver.

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WHY I LOVE A SUNBURNT COUNTRY

 

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That’s the first verse to our national anthem. I remember when it was first introduced to replace God Save the Queen how we laughed and laughed at the word ‘girt’.

For some reason, just about everyone I know thought that word was hilarious. And this is one of the reasons I love being an Aussie.

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