Langer shows us that creativity is not a rare gift that only some special few are born with, but rather an integral part of everyones makeup.
All of us can express our creative impulses authentically and uniquelyand, in the process, enrich our lives.Why then do so many of us merely dream of someday painting, someday writing, someday making music?
Why do we think the same old thoughts, harbor the same old prejudices, stay stuck in the same old mud?
Who taught us to think inside the box?
She describes dozens of fascinating experimentsher own and those of her colleaguesthat are designed to study mindfulness and its relation to human creativity, and she shares the profound implications of the resultsfor our well-being, health, and happiness.Langer reveals myriad insights, among them: We think we should already know what only firsthand experience can teach us.
. If we are mindfully creative, the circumstances of the moment will tell us what to do.
. Finally, what we think were sure of may not even exist.With the skill of a gifted logician, Langer demonstrates exactly how we undervalue ourselves and undermine our creativity.
By example, she persuades us to have faith in our creative works, not because someone else approves of them but because theyre a true expression of ourselves.