I have always not really thought of myself as being very creative & like most people, I always tended to think it was mostly connected with art or music. But, this article (and my students' posts) really got me thinking differently. One of the things from the article was that Creativity helps with problem solving. I have tried to see things differently, to find new ways of doing things and I finally see that is creativity at it's best. I'm trying to not give up so quickly on things and this connection to this important character trait is really a positive one for me.
A second one is the connection to motivation. As I look for new ways of doing things in my classes (and at work in general), along with new things with my podcasting / my "Chapter 2" in life after I retire from teaching, I am finding new energy from the simple fact of thinking about "what's next for me"? I am realizing that it's up to me to make those choices. I need to be creative to look at new things & to look at other things in a different way.
Finally, my last point on this - Creativity helps to bring people together. I am seeing that in the fact when I put myself out there more with my podcasts, Youtube videos, social media posts, etc., has helped to connect me with so many great people that I would have never had met before. Now that I see so many ways of being creative and yet, I still draw stick figures as anything artistic, I know there are more ways of showing creativity and I don't have this negative mindset that I'm not creative.
In fact, I'm looking to be more creative in many different things in my life & it's leading to some very cool stuff!