Creativity Predicts a Longer Life
Research continues to support the theory that creative thinking keeps the brain healthy, according to studies conducted by the University of Rochester Medical Center. The study associated creativity with openness, which is one of the five major personality traits. Openness refers to the measure of cognitive flexibility and the willingness to entertain novel ideas. Researchers have found several benefits of greater openness, such as longevity, lower metabolic risk, higher self-rated health, and stress management. A study published in the Journal of Aging and Health found that creativity was the greatest aspect of openness to cause health benefits, as creative participants in the study lived longer than others. Analysis of stress management also produced interesting results. The study found that creative individuals approached stress as a controllable challenge rather than a troublesome obstacle.