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We use creativity--the capacity to generate new ideas and solve problems--every day in our work and hobbies.

Most of us from time to time experience a state of flow—being completely absorbed in what we’re doing. Researchers are finding that in addition to contributing to our work satisfaction, creativity and flow are connected to positive emotions and our overall happiness.

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Treat Yourself With Compassion — 10 Tips

Perfectionism is a refusal to let yourself move ahead. It is a loop -- an obsessive, debilitating closed system.

Are You Spiritual or Psychotic?

In his bestselling book, “Strong at the Broken Places,” Richard Cohen profiles, among five persons living with chronic illness, mental health advocate Larry Fricks. He writes:

This Emotional Life: The Visual Series

PBS released a documentary called “This Emotional Life” and I saw it and went to pieces. If I could narrow down one aspect of human education without which we all suffer, it would be the lack of education around emotional intelligence and emotional management. “This Emotional Life” discusses a broad range of the emotional trials and tribulations of being human, but also shows us how sustained happiness isn’t as far out of our reach as we may think.

A “Little Thing” (Very Little) That Makes Me Happy: the Gift Bag

Samuel Johnson wrote, “It is by studying little things that we attain the great art of having as little misery, and as much happiness as possible," and I’m often struck by how much happiness I get from small, seemingly trivial aspects of my life.

Happiness Exercise: Writing

The Leonardo da Vinci exhibit at the Museum of Science in Boston was full of intriguing items, from a blue metal sculpture symbolizing bird flight to the bridge build with no nails to images of Leonardo’s many journals.   When I was a teenager, my family went to this exhibit.  My dad asked us afterwards, “What do you think made Leonardo da Vinci so great?”  My brothers and I guessed, “He created things….  He worked in many fields…  He brought thoughts of art to science and vice versa.”

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Sunni Brown

Sunni Brown is a business owner, information designer and co-author of Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers and Changemakers (available July 15). Her consultancy,...

Adam Gopnik

Adam Gopnik is a staff writer at the New Yorker and the author of Paris to the Moon, Through The Children’s Gate and Angels and Ages: A Short Book about...

Keith Sawyer, Ph.D.

Dr. Sawyer is an Associate Professor of Education, Psychology, and Business. He conducts research on creativity and collaboration. He focuses on how groups enhance...

James Pennebaker Ph.D.

Most of Dr. Pennebaker’s current research deals with the nature of language and social processes. Beginning over 20 years ago, he discovered that if...

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Moments of absolute absorption

 Your browser does not support the video tag. Writer Adam Gopnik finds happiness in being "vigilantly absorbed in some activity.

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