Articles Tagged: <span>create happy</span>

How to Plan for the Future While Living in the Present

Planning for the future, while living in the present, is an age-old balancing act. How do you simultaneously plan ahead and be in the moment? We’re constantly bombarded with messages about how important each of these things is individually:  You need to plan for the future, because that’s what brings you achievement, fulfillment, and satisfaction. […]

4 Ways to Capture and Harness Your Creative Motivation

If you want to “create happy” in your life, you will want to figure out how to capture and harness your creative motivation. What exactly does that mean? It means finding what motivates you and applying that motivation to your creative efforts. After all, it’s not really enough to just feel motivated if you don’t […]

How to Handle Feedback Without Wrecking Your Day (or Week!)

It’s an experience that no creative wants to have. You’ve completed a project that you’re really proud of. You truly gave it your all—heart, soul, blood, sweat, and tears. But when the feedback comes, it’s, shall we say, less than encouraging.  Creative work is particularly open to negative feedback: it’s often highly subjective and open […]

How to Make Better Decisions in Stressful Situations Through Creativity

Making smart decisions can be hard in the best of times—pro/con lists, hours of Googling, talking to everyone you know who might have an opinion on the subject, etc. But add in some stress, and decision making gets even harder. Stress produces cortisol (aka the stress hormone), which actually reduces our ability to think things […]

How to Get Comfortable With Taking Risks

Taking risks isn’t exactly fun (at least not for most people), but it’s a necessary part of life. In fact, risk is pretty much built into every aspect of life. Dating is a risk, starting a new job is a risk, creating something is a risk. Anything we do that we haven’t personally tried and […]

The Inner Dragon: Love

Our Unleashing Your Inner Dragon series is coming to a close, which means that today, we’re discussing the last part of our manifesto: We believe in love. When people think about dragons, they don’t often think about love. And yet, love requires ferocity. Love requires boldness and willingness to take chances. Love breathes light and […]

The Inner Dragon: Curiosity

Problems are everywhere, but curiosity isn’t. Some people aren’t willing to ask the hard questions—the ones that will lead to real solutions. But fiercely creative people are. Our Unleashing Your Inner Dragon series has been all about the power, possibility, and potential that is created when you allow your inner dragon of fierce creativity to […]

The Inner Dragon: Stubborn Optimism

Are you a glass-half-full, sunny-side-of-the-street, every-cloud-has-a-silver-lining type person? If so, you might be in the vast minority. A 2015 survey reveal that only 6% of Americans think the world is actually getting better. Of course, that’s talking about the world as a whole. Other studies indicate that people tend to be more optimistic about their […]