Essential Reads

How to Take on a Challenge

What does it take to make the impossible possible?

Demons, Drivers and Defenses

Will therapy make you happier but less creative?

Viola Davis Matters

Casting with diversity in mind is good for everyone

Why Study Coincidences? Part 2

To help increase self-awareness and encourage psychological change

Recent Posts on Creativity

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

The benefits and dangers of creating art out of illness.

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

Advice I gave to a caller to my NPR-San Francisco radio program.

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

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)

“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

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 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

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?

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

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.

The Definitive Way To Respond to Others' Mistakes

Mistakes happen. The question is: How should we respond? Research shows that compassion will help us come out ahead.

A Grab Bag of Wisdom to Help You Enter Flow

You know those times when you aren't in the mood to write, but you want to get in the mood? Read some of these honest and insightful quotes from good writers to help ease your own transition into the headiness of a creative flow state.

Contemplating Rothko

Can mindfulness enhance creativity?

Fake Your Way to Happiness

The idea that our identities are not set in stone but novels in the making is exhilarating. It grants us freedom, especially if we are depressed, to create a more vital character.

Is Life Just a Sequence of Random Events?

By Po Chi Wu Ph.D. on May 12, 2015 Jacob's Staff
How do we understand the role of luck in our lives? If value and meaning can only be achieved by a sequence of events, does that sequence reflect a pre-determined pattern? Whose pattern? Where does this line of thinking take us in terms of planning? How are artists and entrepreneurs different from the rest of us? How do we find meaning in life?

The Good, the Bad, and the Future of Creative Collaboration

Collaboration offers us a whole new set of opportunities for growth, but it also presents myriad difficulties.