Essential Reads

What Is Transgender? A Beautiful Short Film With an Answer

The short film "Dylan" explores gender, transformation, and self.

The Art of Farming

Why dance when the corn plants are wilting?

Happiness With Life 10: Practice Curiosity

Learn something new everyday

3 Reasons to Seek Awe (and Ways to Spur the Feeling)

Want to be healthier, happier and kinder? Amaze yourself.

Recent Posts on Creativity

Creative Rehabilitation For Brain Injury. Part 1: Concussion

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on May 31, 2015 in Trouble in Mind
Often good rehabilitation facilities for brain-injured people are not readily accessible or affordable. Creative programs involving family and friends as the rehabilitation support team can be very effective in these cases, and are in place for the long term, unlike rehab centers. In this first post I focus on concussion.

Hallowed Halls and Stage Lights

By Susan Hooper on May 30, 2015 in Detours and Tangents
The landscape of the past has many points of entry. I walked through one of them when I revisited the building where I went to high school and the stage where I had been a student performer.

New Ways to Happiness with Strengths

Need a happiness boost? Looking for more meaning in life? Trying to reach a goal? A new pathway to reach these benefits is to identify your signature strengths (your best personality characteristics) and use them in a new way each day. Research on strengths has repeatedly found this intervention...

The Cerebellum May Be the Seat of Creativity

In a revolutionary discovery, new research from Stanford University published on May 28, 2015 reports that the cerebellum may be the seat of creativity.

Let Your Mind Wander

We are in the grip of a cult of mindfulness. But it's a good idea to let your mind wander from time to time.

How to Direct Your Dreams

By Michelle Carr on May 28, 2015 in Dream Factory
We often feel that we don’t have any control over our dreams. But the truth is, we do. How we react to situations in waking life dictates how we behave in dreams, and in this way, we are responsible for creating our own dreams.

Marketing Tips From A Few "Mad Men"

Mad Men gave us more than a look inside the scandalous world of 1960's advertising-- it gave us valuable business lessons that are still just as relevant today. Here are three tips on how to make money and captivate your audience.

Finding Truth and Authenticity in an Age of Irony

The artist—and we all are artists, good, bad, or ugly—expands the ordinary into the extraordinary or condenses the extraordinary into the common. He, she, enchants the cosmos.

Watching a Play about Anorexia

By Emily T. Troscianko on May 27, 2015 in A Hunger Artist
The benefits and dangers of creating art out of illness.

A Workover: A "Creative" Wants to Make a Living

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 27, 2015 in How To Do Life
Advice I gave to a caller to my NPR-San Francisco radio program.

Open Source Innovation: What's In and What's Out

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on May 26, 2015 in Innovation You
Benjamin Franklin saw that there were uses and applications for his inventions outside of his original intentions. He understood that the only way to fully realize that vision was to make it everyone's. What started out as Franklin's invention became the world's collective creation.

Simple, Everyday Actions That Support Mental Health

Learn simple ways to support yourself and others for better mental health.

The Death of Wonder (and the 3 Words That Killed It)

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on May 26, 2015 in The Power of Prime
“I wonder.” is the wellspring from which engaged and expansive thinking emerges. Curiosity propels you to seek out an answer. You think creatively and innovatively. New ideas and discoveries blossom. Yet, none of this will happen if you or someone you are with blurts out the ultimate intellectual and creative buzzkill: “Let’s Google it!”

4 Morning Success Rituals to Start Your Day Off Right

Tips to ensure a calm, productive morning.

Reflections on ‘Montage of Heck’

Cobain is the poster child for emotional devastation. And yet, at the same time, there is something in his music which resonates powerfully with his generation. This documentary affords us a view as to how it all got established and played itself out – his pain, his shame, his his inability to relate, his drug addiction, his art, his suicide.

7 Ways Yoga Helps Children and Teens

Yoga helps teens by developing their strength, creativity, discipline, and awareness. Find out 7 ways yoga helps children and teens.

Balancing a Japanese and Irish Heritage

I have learned to balance my parents' lessons in living.

Barred Art: Reflections on a Prison Art Show

Guest blogger and colleague Shannon Schmitz, an art therapist who has spent many years working as an art therapist in various prison settings, offers heartfelt musings following her recent experience of judging an art show in a makeshift prison art gallery.

How to Avoid Thinking of Oneself as a Victim

By Sheila Kohler on May 21, 2015 in Dreaming for Freud
When my older sister was killed by her husband after a history of battering, I was in a rage. I sat down and wrote a novel in three months. I wrote out of anger and the sense that my sister had been a victim, an innocent, martyred woman, the mother of six small children, whose husband had killed her by driving a car off the road on a dry night with no other car in sight.

The Art and Heart of Writing a Letter

By Brad Waters on May 20, 2015 in Design Your Path
Handwritten letters to a pen pal can create special lifelong bonds.

A Select Assortment of Books and More

Not every worthy book or DVD gets the attention it deserves. Here are a few you might otherwise miss.

How To Connect To Your Audience (Even After You’re Dead)

Your stone is your closing number, summing it all up, an eternal Facebook page. Your life is your Message. If ever there was a place to put “The Message of You,” it’s on your gravestone!

The Innovator's Storybook: Creativity and the Well-Told Tale

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on May 18, 2015 in Innovation You
Novelists go through years of drafts and workshops before they end up with the best version of their work. Innovators are also perpetual revisers who incessantly rework and reimagine the stories behind their ideas. The person you might think is your villain just might turn out to be your hero.

“Writing is a Job” and Other Myths That Limit Your Success

This is not your mother's writing career. Here's how Gen Y writers do it.

Want to Know What Constitutes Play?

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on May 15, 2015 in Play in Mind
Play is a moving target. We may know it when we see it, but pinning play down is quite another thing.

World War II Memories

A I was to young to remember much about it. But I've been so riveted to other people's dramatizations of the war in books, films or on the screen, that the war has felt like part of my psychic reality. You could say I've been just one step shy of suffering a Brian Williams type 'embellishment syndrome.'

Longevity Cookbook is Your Chance to Defeat Aging

One dashing 29-year-old scientist is helping to bring longevity research into people's houses—specifically into their kitchens. Maria Konovalenko is one of the lead organizers and authors of the Longevity Cookbook, full of recipes and ideas that will help you live far longer.

My Design Psychology Career: 'Art + Science' = True Love

By Toby Israel Ph.D. on May 14, 2015 in Design on My Mind
Sculpting beautiful, profoundly meaningful places that allow us to transcend

Want to Quit Your Day Job? 7 Good Reasons Why You Shouldn’t

If you’re a part-time writer or entrepreneur in-the-making, here are a few reasons you may not want to quit that day job just yet.