Research Paper

Journal of Happiness Studies

, Volume 17, Issue 2, pp 609-626

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A Correlational Study of Creativity, Happiness, Motivation, and Stress from Creative Pursuits

  • Michael W. CeciAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, West Chester University of Pennsylvania
  • , V. K. KumarAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, West Chester University of Pennsylvania Email author 

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This study examined the relationship of creative capacity with happiness, affect, motivation, and stress from creative pursuits using a sample of 420 students. In addition, it tested whether a relationship existed between overall creative capacity and specific styles or approaches to creative expression. A composite creative capacity score was derived from four creative capacity measures. Creative capacity was not significantly correlated with happiness, but it correlated significantly with positive and negative affect scales and with their absolute sum. Creative capacity correlated highest with intrinsic motivation (IM) among all variables. Creative capacity and IM correlated similarly in direction and magnitude with creativity styles subscales of Belief in Unconscious Processes, Use of Techniques, and Use of Senses, and negative correlations with the Use of People and Final Product Orientation Subscales.


Creativity Happiness Affect Mood Intrinsic motivation Extrinsic motivation Stress