#ygkChallenge: Explore Your Creativity!

Explore Your CreativityWelcome to Kingstonist’s weekly challenge, dare, resolution or whatever you prefer to call it. Each week we establish a new and ambitious community goal, encouraging our readers, followers, friends and families to step out of their comfort zones and do something great, and hopefully a little out of the ordinary. Consider this your official and personal invitation to join us in completing a small but meaningful achievement. By taking part in this community-wide initiative, we hope to make Kingston a slightly better place to live, work and play. And of course, we also hope that you will feel proud of your contribution and achievement.

This week’s challenge encourages you to:

Be creative. Whether you attend school or not, the new academic year often feels like a fresh start for the community: a time to get into routine, establish new goals, and be social. With this underlying sense of a new beginning, I challenge you to be more creative this week. Exploring your creativity does not mean that you have to paint a colourful picture or sculpt a beautiful vase, although those are fulfilling ways for some. Being creative may mean adventuring out somewhere new, taking photos, writing in a journal, reading poetry, learning a new skill, or meditating. There’s no right or wrong way and everyone can be creative. It’s about finding something that ignites your inner passion and brings out your playful side. Studies have shown that being more creative improves wellbeing by increasing positive emotions, can help to reduce stress, and can improve positive identity and social networks (American Journal of Public Health, 2010). This week, have fun and be creative!

Sign up and commit to completing this week’s challenge by commenting below with an “I’m in“, “challenge accepted“, “en garde” or something along those lines. Further, help us spread the word via Twitter and Facebook by using the hashtag: #ygkchallenge. As you work towards completing this week’s task, please feel free to lend others a helping hand by providing tips on how you achieved success.

Thanks to Wonderfully Complex for today’s photo.

Alanna Kuhn

Alanna Kuhn has retired as a contributor to Kingstonist. She is a Naturopathic Doctor and co-owner of Kingston Natural Route Health. She regularly contributed to Kingstonist's weekly #ygkchallenge, encouraging Kingstonians to explore healthier lifestyle options.

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