Creativity is the joy of exploration. Vanlint (2017) supports the idea that being creative can guide learning and critical thinking. The benefits include:
**the opportunity of freedom (no right or wrong way to be creative),
**the opportunity to be authentic (self-awareness and expression),
**the opportunity to enhance wellness (stress relief, joy, & quality of life),
**the opportunity to problem solve (resourceful solutions).
Curiosity opens the door to creativity. Asking questions, investigating, and constructing concepts to answer questions through information seeking, data manipulation, and connecting with others all result in new learning experiences. The heart of a lifelong learner encompasses curiosity and creativity.
Wouter (2018) defines critical thinking, curiosity, and creativity and explains how all three have value but “one without the other” would be a limiting factor in existence.
Critical thinking = assessing/ judging what we know
Curiosity = wondering about alternatives, known and unknown
Creativity = coming up with these alternatives, beyond obvious
- Critical Thinking without Curiosity = eliminates an openness to various perspectives
- Curiosity without Creativity = daydreaming without stopping. We do need an extent of daydreaming but without action there would be no end.
- Creativity without Critical thinking = mindless generation of ideas (solutions) without a context (problem).
- Curiosity without Critical thinking = no thoughtful judgement
- Creativity without Curiosity = generating ideas with no obvious criteria
- Critical thinking without Creativity = lack of embracing various approaches
Your life will blossom through your curiosity and creativity.