Unleash your creativity and think your way out of the box

Written by David Amerland

Unleash your creativity and think your way out ofrepparttar box

The brain is a strange organ. It works in ways we don’t yet understand and manages to create everything we see. Working at odds withrepparttar 109314 rest ofrepparttar 109315 body it performs best when we’re not consciously trying and it is exactly this right-hemisphere activity that contributes to some of our most creative moments.

Creativity isrepparttar 109316 lifeblood of every facet of life. Fromrepparttar 109317 arts to business, without it, things would become stale very quickly. Yet, as society is becoming more complex and process-drivenrepparttar 109318 struggle for educational institutions is just how to stimulate creativity.

One easy answer is watercolour painting. The gentle movements of a brush have a relaxing, de-stressing effect which has also been noted in activities such as calligraphy, whilstrepparttar 109319 mix of colours and their application energise parts ofrepparttar 109320 brain which would normally get scant stimulation. Couple this torepparttar 109321 mix of a visual/tactile experience as your painting emerges and presto! Right-side thinking isrepparttar 109322 order ofrepparttar 109323 day and you haven’t even thought about it!

British Management Institute research figures show that whilst engaged in right-side thinking activities stressed-out business executives exhibitrepparttar 109324 same degree of relaxation and satisfaction that’s normally reserved for when they’re on holiday.

A study conducted in mixed-occupation classes showed that out ofrepparttar 109325 85 people who took part 90% reported feeling calmer about life, perceivingrepparttar 109326 world in a more positive way and feeling better about themselves after they took part in a three-hour long watercolour workshop.

Hugh Templeton, an artist of 25 years’ experience, who specialises in running such workshops thinks he knows why his classes have that effect: “Painting a watercolour is a life-affirming thing. You have an image ofrepparttar 109327 world in your head. You start getting it down on your art paper and before you know it you have captured a piece ofrepparttar 109328 world around you and it’s been through your own efforts. What could be more satisfying that that?”

Halloween History

Written by Mrs. Party... Gail Leino

Halloween's origins date back torepparttar ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in).  The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago inrepparttar 109312 area that is now Ireland,repparttar 109313 United Kingdom, and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1.  This day markedrepparttar 109314 end of summer andrepparttar 109315 harvest andrepparttar 109316 beginning ofrepparttar 109317 dark, cold winter. "Halloween," actually has its origins inrepparttar 109318 Catholic Church. It comes from a contracted corruption of All Hallows Eve. November 1, "All Hollows Day" (or "All Saints Day"), is a Catholic day of observance in honor of saints.  The holiday was called Samhain (sow-en),repparttar 109319 Celtic New ear.  

Celts believed that onrepparttar 109320 night beforerepparttar 109321 new year,repparttar 109322 boundary betweenrepparttar 109323 worlds ofrepparttar 109324 living andrepparttar 109325 dead became blurred.  Onrepparttar 109326 night of October 31, they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed thatrepparttar 109327 ghosts ofrepparttar 109328 dead returned to earth.

Halloween is celebrated annually on October 31. Just think about a bunch of frightening fantasies andrepparttar 109329 scary stories featuring ghosts, witches, monsters, and all things that go bump inrepparttar 109330 night then your thinking about one ofrepparttar 109331 finest holidays ofrepparttar 109332 year. 

The disembodied spirits of all those who had died throughoutrepparttar 109333 preceding year would come back in search of living bodies to possess forrepparttar 109334 next year. It was believed to be their only hope forrepparttar 109335 afterlife. 

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