The coronavirus pandemic has brought about countless videos on social media of parody songs, musical performances and creative uses of time. I don’t know about you, but watching these videos have brought a sense of joy and laughter into our home during a time when darkness is the prevailing force.

What do I mean by darkness? It is the cloud of fear, negativity and blame that has infiltrated the news media. Yes, the coronavirus is concerning and it is important to protect yourself and your family. However, as many success coaches will say, what you put your attention on grows. If you focus on the negative, you pull in more things you don’t want. On the flip side, if you focus on the positive you pull in more good things. It almost sounds too simple, but from personal experience I know it is 100% true when you apply this principle.

So instead of focusing on all the things you could worry about, why not bring some light into an otherwise dark time. Here are some reasons why you should!

1. Creativity Brings Joy

A beautiful song, funny skit, moving dance performance or uplifting painting brings joy to others. When a person feels joy they can start to feel more motivated to be productive and they have a mindset shift towards positivity. This positive energy is like a ripple effect that permeates all aspects of a person’s life. How you treat those around you, what you accomplish, feelings of self-confidence and so on.

2. Creating Something Gives You Back Your Control

The moment of any creation puts you back in the driver’s seat of your own personal control. While you are doing something creative you are making decisions and deciding on outcomes – you have a heightened level of control. This gives a sense of empowerment over your choices and on a basic level reminds us that we have choices. All too often we can feel we are the effect of things that happen to us in life. Adding creativity into daily life increases that feeling of “I did that!”, “I made that happen.” This is especially important during a time when many of our choices and freedoms seem to be reduced.

3. Creativity Reminds Us That Anything Is Possible

For ten years I ran a summer arts and leadership camp for kids in Toronto, Canada. The idea that anything is possible is a message that I was always pumping into our campers. Why? Because anything IS possible! Creating something out of nothing is one of the magical things that happens in the arts, however, it is not limited to artistic pursuits. That same level of creation can happen in all aspects of life. The type of family you have, your career, the community in which you live…it is all a creation!

4. Creativity Flexes Our Problem Solving Skills

Creating something out of nothing doesn’t come without challenges. I can’t count the number of times I was involved in putting together a musical theatre production or arts showcase and we had issues. Sick cast members, missing props, technical issues or just not feeling rehearsed enough, all while the anticipated audience was about to walk in and take their seats. It’s stressful for sure. But it does flex your ability to solve problems and find solutions to challenges. Think about it, currently we are locked in our homes, businesses aren’t operating and our children are being educated through a screen while at home. These are real challenges! When you carve out time to practice skills in creativity, you are flexing solution finding skills that are hugely valuable in all aspects of your life.

5. Creativity Is A Reminder To Create Your Life

Creating something out of nothing is one of the great joys of the arts. You know that feeling of accomplishment, pride and excitement of producing something new. So here is the big secret…this is the same mechanism to create anything in your life. The amazing things about artists is you already have the skills to do it! You just need to know that those creativity skills are what you also use to create the health, wealth and happiness in all areas of your life. I encourage you to start utilizing this incredible transferrable skill you have – the gift of being creative.

I know we are experiencing unprecedented times and there are many challenges being faced. I will close off this blog post with a line from the character Dumbledore, in the Harry Potter movies that sums up everything I’ve shared with you. The quote says, “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” We are in a dark time, but never underestimate your own power to turn on the lights…just focus on creation and the light will appear.