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The Difference Between Sadness and Depression (and How They Affect Your Creativity)

Depression is not uncommon. In fact, it’s estimated that 16.2 million American adults suffer at least one major depressive episode in any given year. And yet, depression is still misunderstood by many people. The most common misunderstanding is that depression is really just intense or lasting sadness. But unfortunately, that doesn’t adequately describe what depression […]

How to Use Creativity to Instantly Improve Any Relationship

Relationships are hard work. Whether it’s a marriage/romantic partnership, familial relationship, parent/child relationship, or friendship, most of us would jump at the chance to improve our relationships so that they work better for us and the people we care about. Which is why I want to talk about how to use creativity to instantly improve […]

Respond vs. React to Keep Your Creative Spark

Creativity is a tricky thing. There’s no consistent recipe for it. You can’t throw a bunch of creative “ingredients” together, push a button, and instantly get a creative spark every time. No, it’s much more nuanced and temperamental than that. In fact, there are many things that can affect your creativity that you’ve maybe never […]

How to Change Your Thoughts to Lift Mood and Increase Creativity

Your thoughts are extremely powerful. They can lead to emotions and actions that can change how you treat others, how you feel about yourself and your life, how you use creativity, and really, how much happiness you experience. So wouldn’t it be useful to know how to change your thoughts so that they work for […]

What is Emotional Resilience?

Life is hard. We all face various challenges throughout our lives. We go through times of mild hardship, severe distress, and everything in between. Whether or not we face these hard times is not in doubt—we will face them. What is less predetermined, however, is how we respond to the challenges presented to us. One […]

How Changing Your Perspective Can Help You Create

Plenty of things can get in the way of your creative efforts. Everything from hunger, to household chores, to mental health struggles can stifle your creativity. And while it’s easy for your creative flow to get turned off, it’s not so easy to turn it back on. That said, there are some things you can […]

Unhealthy Thinking Patterns: Overgeneralization

In my last post, I talked about the unhealthy thinking pattern of negative focus. That pattern is a very common one, and often, it doesn’t show up alone. Many times, it’s paired with another unhealthy thinking pattern, like overgeneralization.  What overgeneralization is Overgeneralization is taking one experience and assuming it applies to all experiences. Experience: […]

How Stress and Worry Can Fuel Creativity

Inspiration can be found everywhere. While we at Design.org are big proponents of operating out of love rather than fear, and maintaining a positive instead of a negative focus, we also have to acknowledge that creativity can be inspired by and born from dark, sad, or “down” feelings as well. In this post, I’ll discuss […]