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Life's Too Short... so make the most of it! Try something new, eat something healthy, grow something beautiful, hug someone you love, move around a lot, and be kind to yourself. Melanie Cole brings you the best tips from lifestyle and fitness experts, including guests from the American College of Sports Medicine.

Creativity Brings Happiness

From the Show: Life's Too Short
Summary: Embrace your creativity to make your days more enjoyable.
Air Date: 10/2/18
Duration: 15:09
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Carrie Barron, MD & Alton Barron, MD
Carrie BarronCarrie Barron, MD, is the Director of the Creativity for Resilience Program at Dell Medical School in Austin, Texas, a Faculty Affiliate at the Center for Health Communication and a board-certified psychiatrist/psychoanalyst. A graduate of Princeton University, she served on the faculty of the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons and maintained a private practice in New York City for almost two decades. In addition to the book The Creativity Cure, written with her hand surgeon husband, Dr. Alton Barron, Carrie has published in peer-reviewed journals, won academic awards and given keynotes, workshops and interviews across the country, and maintains a blog on Psychology Today.

Alton BarronAlton Barron, MD, is a board-certified orthopedic shoulder, elbow and hand surgeon specializing in complex upper limb problems including severe arthritis requiring shoulder and elbow arthroplasty, nonunions and malunions of fractures, severe nerve injuries requiring microsurgery and tendon transfers, contact sports and throwing injuries, and more. A fourth-generation Texas-native, he is excited to have recently joined local orthopedic practice ATX Orthopedics and Pinnacle Surgery Center, has and become one of Austin’s only orthopedic surgeons fellowship trained in both shoulder/elbow and hand surgery. He is the founder of the Musician Treatment Foundation, a nonprofit that aims to provide medical and surgical care for the shoulders, elbows, and hands of under- and uninsured musical professionals, and co-author of The Creativity Cure.
  • Book Title: The Creativity Cure
  • Guest Facebook Account: www.facebook.com/AltonBarronMD www.facebook.com/TheCreativityCure
  • Guest Twitter Account: @carriebarronmd
Finding a creative outlet can ease the difficulty of daily living. Creativity can lift mood, aiding with depression and anxiety.

Creativity is a physical and psychological action. Cooking, gardening and knitting are wonderful ways to implement creativity in your regular life. Insights arise while your mind has freedom during creative periods.

If you work in an oppressive or mundane situation, it’s a challenge to feel creative. Work to make peace with the mundane and engage in your work in the present. Allow yourself times for meditation and mindfulness. Take advantage your work being the means to the creative end that you pursue outside of the workplace. Make a genuine human connection with someone at work to make the days easier to bear.

Listen as Dr. Carrie Barron and Dr. Alton Barron join Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss how to improve your resilience through creativity.
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