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10 Fun Ways to Spark Your Creativity and Joy

By Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.
Associate Editor

10 Fun Ways to Spark Your Creativity and JoyCreativity can bring a lot of joy into our lives — if we let it. As we get older, unfortunately, many of us leave our favorite activities behind, forget to play and instead go through the motions. Wake up. Go to work. Run errands. Come home. Have dinner. Watch T.V. Go to bed. Rinse. Repeat.

In The Book of Doing: Everyday Activities to Unlock Your Creativity and Joy, Allison Arden, publisher of Advertising Age, shares a slew of fun and playful ideas to reignite our creativity. More than that, her book shows us how to create and find joy in our everyday lives.

So what is “doing”? According to Arden, it’s anything and everything from creating, making, helping, experimenting, drawing, reading, playing, acting, cooking, tasting, celebrating and loving.

Here are 10 of my favorite ideas from her book. I hope you’ll try them!

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  1. I’m going to start one of these – Sketch your everyday – today. It’s something I did like in years past, and occasionally think about, but get into “oh-I-don’t-have-time-right-now” as if it will take immense preparation. Just one a day – anyway, anytime, no inner critic -in a year I can look back with a smile (I hope – at least I won’t be saying gee, I wish…). Re: the children’s books idea – I began volunteering reading to children recently – and that got me to look at children’s stories – old and new – and myths and fables. It also provides another gift – I am your quiet, terribly serious type in work situations – but get to work on my inner actress for the kids.
    A #11 for those of a certain age might be – take a course in something totally different at a local college – sometimes they are even free for auditors. Throw yourself into it, and you not only get exposed to new ideas but meet a whole crowd of new people.

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