Creativity, teaching, and learning make me happy. One of my favorite things is to share amazing resources with other people. Nothing would make me happier than sharing something that will help you in someway – whether it is something I created or just something I found.
What makes you happy?
As I said, I love to share cool things I find with others. For me, most often, this takes the form of book recommendations. I can’t even begin to explain the joy reading and just looking forward to reading brings me. What’s even better than finishing a book you loved (besides realizing it is part of a series)? Sharing it with someone else of course.
My free course, Challenge Your Creativity, grew out of my love of books. This course is made up of ten sections. Each section includes a required reading and a challenge to put what you learned into action. Some readings will actually be on the subject of creativity while others will provide that much needed creative spark; it is up to you to decide how to respond to the challenge.
One of the book recommendations included in this class is A Whole New Mind: Why RIght Brainers Will Rule the Future by Daniel Pink. This book is one of my favorites – both because of the content included and because it was what first pushed me to start thinking about creativity, being creative, and what I could do to live a happier, more fulfilled life.
Daniel Pink argues that the future belongs to right-brain careers, and as a middle school history teacher, I do not feel I traditionally fit into that group. Even though I am extremely happy in my chosen profession, this book made me wish I had taken advantage of creative opportunities when I had the chance in college. But, like many people, I did not. This book is the perfect solution! This is not to say that you need to quit your job and become an artist, but you can jump start your creative life, your creative path. This book can be the kick in the butt you need to get going.
A Whole New Mind is one of my favorite nonfiction books. While I often read my favorite fiction books (i.e. Harry Potter) over and over again, I rarely open a nonfiction book twice (this is coming from a history teacher). So it is saying something that I have read this book cover to cover three times and reread individual chapters even more.
All right, enough about what makes me happy. What makes you happy? Do (at least) one thing today that makes you happy.