For me, there is a strong link between creativity and happiness. When I’m being creative, whether alone or with others, I thrive. Even if I need to do the same thing over and over again I change stuff for the sake of it, not just for the wonderful, surprising discoveries, also to keep me awake and alive on the inside.
A chap on BBC Breakfast News announced this week that the government is looking into ‘causes’ of happiness and invited people to text in with the question, “What makes you happy?”
The result was a list of circumstances, or external factors to blame their happiness on. They are looking in the wrong direction. Happiness is an internal process. There has been plenty of study that indicates external circumstances, even lottery wins, have little or no effect on long-term happiness.
It’s not what happens to you – it’s the meaning you put on it (someone else in the same circumstance may see things differently). You may not be able to choose the activity but you can certainly choose how you do it.