If you’re using The Mind’s Elbow to jump-start something creative today, then you’re celebrating World Mental Health Day in just the right way.
Our friends in the world of science have found that expressive writing, poetry, painting, and playing music all help to keep folks sunny and stress-free.
As a former psychologist, I would really, REALLY love for you to be sunny and stress-free EVERY day…
That said, please take note that I DO NOT recommend that you give up your quirky craziness in order to become “normal.”
If you are always trying to be normal,
you’ll never know how amazing you can be.
But if you sometimes worry that you’re a bit on the nutty side of the food pyramid…
Trust me, you're in good company —
A question that sometimes drives me hazy:
am I or are the others crazy?
And I’ll bet your poetry’s a lot better, too.
PROMPT: Celebrate World Mental Health Day by taking a “health” day just to play! Seriously, this one should be a mandatory international holiday full of Frisbee, Simon says, Twister, Tag, Hide and Seek, Duck Duck Goose…
Meanwhile, here’s a great book that I’m sure would get Maya Angelou’s stamp of approval — Better than Normal: How What Makes you Different Can Make You Exceptional by Dr. Dale Archer.