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

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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.

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We thank Dr. Joseph E. Browne for his comments on an earlier version of the manuscript.

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Ceci, M.W., Kumar, V.K. A Correlational Study of Creativity, Happiness, Motivation, and Stress from Creative Pursuits. J Happiness Stud 17, 609–626 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10902-015-9615-y

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Keywords

  • Creativity
  • Happiness
  • Affect
  • Mood
  • Intrinsic motivation
  • Extrinsic motivation
  • Stress