I thought this was a particularly good distillation of why I like mail art. (We still don't know why it doesn't like me but that's for another day).

From a Washington Post article on creativity and aging.

If you’re interested in staying healthy as you age — and living longer — you might want to add a different set of muscles to your workout routine: your creative ones. Ongoing research suggests that creativity may be key to healthy aging. Studies show that participating in activities such as singing, theater performance and visual artistry could support the well-being of older adults, and that creativity, which is related to the personality trait of openness, can lead to greater longevity.


When researchers talk about creativity, they aren’t limiting it to the arts. Author and Georgetown University psychiatrist Norman Rosenthal defines being creative as “having the ability to make unexpected connections, either to see commonplace things in new ways — or unusual things that escape the attention of others — and realize their importance.”


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Comment by Nancy Bell Scott on July 16, 2021 at 8:02pm

Great quotes. Isn't it amazing to find one is doing SomeThing right for the health judges--let's add it to our resumes. Very refreshing uplift, thanks Dave. And same for that big truth, Val. Think I'll put off rereading "Art and Fear" for another year.

   

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on July 13, 2021 at 10:38am

must agree :-)

Comment by Valentine Mark Herman on July 13, 2021 at 9:34am

Good stuff!

Here's a quote from the Korean artists Chung Sang-Hwa that has inspired this aging old bloke (aka me ) to being creative:

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