The Mindful Survey: Your Inner Artist

Highlights from our reader survey on creativity.

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Have you ever dreamed of becoming an artist? What’s your creative outlet of choice?

In order of popularity:

WritingCookingPhotographyDrawingTextilesDancingPaintingMusicActing Do you believe creativity is learned or inherent?

Learned: 14% Inherent: 46% Not sure: 40%

Does your creativity thrive in peace or chaos?

In peace: 61% In chaos: 8% Doesn’t matter: 31%

Do you have a song that pumps you up when you’re doing creative work? “I prefer quiet.”“Anything delightfully cheesy.”“‘Lose Yourself’ by Eminem”“Random Spotify song. One song. Then silence.”“‘Dancing On My Own’ by Robyn.” Are you more creative by yourself or with others? Who is the most creative person you know, and why? “My son—he doesn’t play by any of the ‘rules.’”“Leonardo da Vinci; he was creative on all levels. Even in science and the arts.”“My cat.”“Earth. She creates, and stays grounded.” What’s the most creative thing you’ve done? “Got through a shopping trip with two young boys.”“Wrote and performed my own acting monologue.”“Developed a software ERP system.”“At age three, I removed an entire box of tampons from their tubes, tacked them all on the wall over my parents’ bed, then put all the tubes on my fingers and showed my mother.”“Raised children.”“Built and owned the ‘best apartment in the world’ in 2009, according…

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