Do you want to improve your emotional state? Be creative!
Picture this. You are in a terrible week, nothing appears to lift your mood, you have tried everything, you have even watched your favorite film thrice! but still no change… If you are desperate you should try to do a creative activity, maybe to write a comedy story which was in your head a while ago or to create a theatre clip where you tell how horrible you are feeling.
A study published in 2018 collected data of 658 young adults to clarify if creative activities impact positively to our emotional state. Participants filled a questionnaire for 13 consecutive days, they informed about the creative activities they did, their positive and negative emotions experienced through the day, feelings of prosperity and last, personality.
The scientists concluded that involving yourself in creative activities improve the positive emotions and feelings of prosperity experienced in the very next day of the activity, no matter what you did in the following day. The best new is that personality does not play a role in it, so everyone receives benefit from it even if you are not a creative person!
So, if you are not feeling like it, you should give a try to your creative side!
Conner, T. S., DeYoung, C. G., & Silvia, P. J. (2018). Everyday creative activity as a path to flourishing. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 13(2), 181-189.