The journey to adulthood is said to be one of self-discovery – a fulfilling time of epiphanies, understanding, and exploration of the deepest parts of the mind. Theoretically, creativity should be at an all-time high in this phase of life, growing exponentially with the growth of the individual. However, though this may be the case for some, it is certainly not the case for all.
Many people experience a creativity drought as they get older. Monotony at work and at home tend to go hand in hand with being an adult, and can lead to uniformity in all aspects of life. So, how does one break free of this tiresome routine? How do you get out of the repetitive rut, and bring some childlike innovation back into your daily regimen?
A good book can do the trick. To get started, take a look at this Creativity Sampler, and read through this list of whimsical books, designed to spark creativity in each and every reader, and bring imagination back to life.
The New Psychology of Success
Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D.
Dr. Carol S. Dweck, a world-renowned Stanford University psychologist, explores the influential power of mindset on all areas of life. Dweck demonstrates how believing in our talents and skills can dramatically increase our success in school, work, sports, the arts, and almost every facet of human endeavor.
A Journal for Self-Exploration
Meera Lee Patel
This interactive journal is filled with inspiring quotes from writers, artists, and other visionaries. Open-ended questions and prompts are scattered throughout the pages to help readers foster their creativity, mindfulness, and drive. Indeed, if we learn to know ourselves and our dreams, we can appreciate the world around us and achieve what we set out to do.
How the Ability to Reset Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW
Social scientist Brené Brown has uncovered a profound truth: Being vulnerable is a key way to improve your life, as it leads to more love, belonging, creativity, and joy. We’re bound to stumble and fall, but Brown argues that it’s the rise from falling that’s most important. Getting back up is the test of true strength.
In this all-new edition of Wreck This Journal, you’ll find prompts for painting, shredding, transforming, and unleashing your creativity. Now in color, this journal allows you to get extra creative: mixing colors to make mud, letting chance dictate your color choice, weaving with brightly colored strips of paper, and more.
Creative Living Beyond Fear
In this instant New York Times bestseller, Elizabeth Gilbert discusses how to achieve spiritual balance in our creativity by altering our mindset and our habits. Whatever our end goal may be, we must find new ways to approach challenges in our work and in our dreams, by infusing each day with more mindfulness and passion.
Some Thoughts on Reading, Reflecting, and Embracing Life
With each chapter, Schwalbe takes readers on a journey through books that span centuries and genres. He focuses on the way these books can shape our lives by helping us live each day to the fullest, and helping us understand ourselves and the world we live in. Rich with stories and recommendations, Books for Living is a must-have for everyone who loves books and reading.
Discovering Your Cosmic Self and Why It Matters
Deepak Chopra, M.D., and Menas C. Kafatos, Ph.D.
In this New York Times bestseller, Deepak Chopra joins forces with leading physicist Menas Kafatos to explore some of the most mind-blowing questions about what our role is in today’s world. Chopra and Kafatos tell us that we’ve reached a turning point where humans are now the center of the universe, and we, as individuals, are co-creators of reality extending to the vastest reaches of time and space. We have the ability to accept this universal change, and possess the power to adjust with it.
How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life
Bill Burnett and Dave Evans
A number one New York Times bestseller, this book demonstrates how to design a life that is both meaningful and satisfying, regardless of who or where we are, what we do, or how old we are. This type of thinking can take your career and your life to new heights, leading to fulfillment, joy, creation, and advanced productivity.
Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon Self-Control, and My Other Experiments in EverydayLife
Gretchen Rubin, Bestselling author of The Happiness Project
Readers are sure to be moved by each chapter in this blend of memoir, science, philosophy, and experimentation. Rubin’s enthusiasm for spreading happiness into every facet of life is contagious, and this time around, she’s placing a focus on finding bliss and pleasure in the home.
A Pep Talk for Now and Later
Adam J. Kurtz
This interactive book is designed to be opened up to any page to encourage users to always add a personal touch – if they land on the same page more than once, they can review, reflect, and revise their previous response. This journal is for anyone who loves to accumulate ideas and thoughts, record feelings, and capture the small, meaningful moments of everyday life.
Ignite the Power of Disciplined Creativity
This book is the ultimate guide to maintaining a constant creative force in your life, and producing your most innovative work. Wahl offers insights on how to reach high levels of productivity, and provides not only his perspective, but the wisdom of other artists, philosophers, scientists, and business visionaries throughout history.
A Creative Journal for Misfits, Oddballs, and Anyone Else Who's Uniquely Awesome
Ever feel like a real misfit? If the answer is yes, then this fun, eccentric journal is for you. The pages are filled with engaging activities that celebrate all the delightful things that make each of us a little weird, and make us stand out. Lists, writing prompts, and other activities are perfect for creative weirdos everywhere.