4 Reasons Creativity Can Invite Happiness Later in Life

Award-winning author and poet Piero Rivolta, 77, enjoyed successful careers in car manufacturing, commercial building and sailing before re-dedicating himself as a writer the last few years. Being creative as one gets older, he says, brings more enjoyment of life by putting us more in touch with our authentic selves as well as with the outside world. An approach he advises we all take much sooner.

He explains, “Today, too many people don’t see too far away from their nose. Money has become too important. We need a poetic sense of life, following our intuition, nurturing our curiosity and engaging in the world around us. Let the mind wander and become absorbed in a vibrant, creative process, leading to discoveries that can influence your future or even humanity.”

Here are his four reasons creativity can bring more happiness later in life:

1.It boost brain growth. Research shows creativity fires neurons that create connections in the brain, essentially making the brain grow as it gets older. A mentally active person with an open, curious mind tends to stay inspired and be happier.

2.It enhances self-esteem. New creative outlets later in life can remove any identity crisis one is feeling in retirement. “You really need a sense of purpose as you get older with seemingly less to do,” Rivolta says.

3.It expands your social world. Studies have shown many aging people feel isolated. Creative pursuits such as art classes are a great way to connect socially. “It’s so important in older age to connect with others and not go it alone,” Rivolta says. “And whether you’re sharing ideas, the gift of your talents or just time together, it makes for a much happier existence.”

4.It reduces regrets. Some senior citizens harbor regrets, wondering what would have happened if they had tried something new. “Being creative is a way to somewhat make up for that, and feel the satisfaction of taking action like you always wanted to,” Rivolta says.