The Emotions That Makes Us More Creative

What emotions fuel creativity?

 Being creative is a messy process. It used to be that if you wanted to be more creative you would place yourself in a positive frame of mind — think beach and gentle breezes, the toothless grin of a happy baby, your favourite music. I bet you’re smiling already.

However, positive emotions may be just part of the story.   Latest research suggests there could be other emotional factors that contribute to being creative such as whether the environment is unusual and evokes contradictory emotions such as fun and seriousness. Activity and contemplation.

You could also be more creative depending on the level of your motivational intensity. If you’re highly motivated your focus could narrow, so you only see the details. A low level of motivation and your focus could broaden enabling you to only see the broad picture.

In an article in the Harvard Business Review (August 12, 2015), Scott Barry Kaufman, the scientific director of the Imagination Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, summarizes the latest research on the relationship between emotions and creativity. A good summary of pertinent studies and an informative read.


Scott Barry Kaufman, “The Emotions That Makes Us More Creative,” Harvard Business Review, August 12, 2015.

Accessed Feb. 21, 2017