Exercise and diet are the quintessential factors contributing to good health and prolonged life. They may have some company, after a study found that creativity is another factor that does the body good.
Fast Company’s Co.Exist channel reports that:
In a study of 1,349 older male veterans, creativity—serving as an indication of openness, the willingness to try new things and accept new ideas—seems to have predicted a longer lifespan. The Journal of Aging and Health study, which followed the men over the course of 18 years (but did not include any women), found that creative thinking may have led to a 12% reduction in mortality risk. . . . In other words, creative activities may act as exercises that keep the brain fit. People who exhibit creativity also seem to cope with stress better, finding solutions to stressful situations rather than being overwhelmed by them.
Our Creator God spoke life into being at the beginning of the world, making us as creative beings in His own image. When we follow His lead and exercise our own creativity, we see similar results. Whether your creativity is artistic or organizational or technical, keep at it. You may find more years ahead of you because of it.