• By Lani

STUMPED FOR CREATIVITY? HERE'S SOME MUSIC TO THE EARS

Updated: May 2, 2020

If you’re finding yourself in a creative rut and are unable to manifest the artistic inspiration you need, perhaps the answer for you is simple… music!

Music has been around since the beginning of time itself, entwined into all cultures, religions, and societies in some way, shape, or form. Its constant worldly presence has lead to many studies testing all possible benefits that arise from music. Some studies show that music therapy is beginning to be recognised as a support mechanism for treatment of certain medical conditions such as dementia, depression, and even Parkinson’s disease- which is incredible to say the least!

These days, a work force that is constantly evolving as a by-product of media in the 21st century, means more jobs than ever now feature some accent of creativity. As you would all know, creative thinking is far from black and white. Under any form of pressure it can even feel near possible to achieve, and with stress high in both school and work environments- experiencing creative blocks can come all too easy.

Mood has been proven to significantly effect creative thought. When you feel happy and positive, divergent thinking is known to improve1. Furthermore, listening to ‘happy music’ while performing a task that requires divergent creativity, compared to working in silence, shows a higher ability for creative thinking1.

So next time you’re stuck racking your brain for some brilliant ideas… just put together a playlist of songs that make you want to smile, and before you know it you’ll be producing work of a creative genius.













References:

  1. 1. Happy creativity: Listening to happy music facilitates divergent thinking. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28877176

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