The world needs more imagination

Imagination is the cornerstone of humanity. The things we take for granted — technology, science, art, music, writing, fashion, cooking, baking — are the result of creative visualization.

In today's world, having imagination is more important than ever. Jobs are being filled with people with creative thinking skills that can get things done. News reports are filled with terrible items that can create feelings of fear, despair and hopelessness. Imagination offers not only a release and an escape from the world, but also a new ability to think and create within it. The skills that come about as a result of a working imagination are infinite in number.

At Harvard University's 2008 spring commencement J.K. Rowling told students, "Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and therefore the fount of all invention and innovation. In its arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity; it is the power that enables us to empathize with humans whose experiences we have never shared."

"Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will." - George Bernard Shaw (1925 Nobel Prize for Literature, 1856-1950)

Imagination is the ability to form a mental image of something that is not perceived through the senses. It is the ability of the mind to build mental scenes, objects or events that do not exist, are not present or have happened in the past.

Imagination makes it possible to experience a whole world inside the mind. It gives the ability to look at any situation from a different point of view, and enables one to mentally explore the past and the future.

Imagination is a creative power that is necessary for inventing an instrument, designing a dress or a building, painting a picture or writing a book. The creative power of imagination has an important role in the achievement of success in any field. What we imagine with faith and feelings comes into being. It is the power beyond creative visualization, positive thinking and affirmations.

Visualizing an object or a situation, and repeating often this mental image, attracts the object or situation into our lives. This opens for us new, vast and fascinating opportunities.

If you do not recognize the importance of the power of the imagination, and let it run riot, your life may not be as happy and successful as you would have wanted it to be.

Self-improvement author Remez Sasson believes that the lack of understanding of the power of the imagination is responsible for the suffering, incompetence, difficulties, failures and unhappiness people experience. For some reason, most people are inclined to think in a negative way. They do not expect success. They expect the worst, and when they fail, they believe that fate is against them. This attitude can be changed, and then life will improve accordingly.

Understanding how to use your imagination correctly, and putting this knowledge into practice, for your own and others' benefit, will put you on the golden path to success, satisfaction and happiness.


We need a healthy respect for our creative imagination throughout our adulthood. It is the key to learning, which is unfortunately often knocked out of us in childhood by parents, many religions, the media and quite often some teachers.

We must cherish our imaginations and our ability to dream, everything starts with a dream. We go through our lives dreaming without realizing it. When you play sports, drive a car or go shopping you make a mental picture of what you are going to do, without thinking.


So take a little time to just imagine.


Develop social skills As children play pretend, they explore relationships between family members, friends and co-workers and learn more about how people interact. Playing doctor, they imagine how physicians care for their patients. Playing house, they learn more about how parents feel about their children. Imaginative play helps develop empathy for others. If children can imagine how it feels to be left out of a game or to lose a pet, they are better able to help those in need. They become more willing to play fair, to share, and to cooperate.

Build self-confidence Young children have very little control over their lives. Imagining oneself as a builder of skyscrapers or a superhero defending the planet is empowering to a child. It helps them develop confidence in their abilities and their potential.

Boost intellectual growth Using the imagination is the beginning of abstract thought. Children who can see a king’s castle in a mound of sand or a delicious dinner in a mud pie are learning to think symbolically. This skill is important in school where a child will have to learn that numerals symbolize groups of objects, letters symbolize sounds, and so on.

Practice language skills Kids who play pretend with their friends do a lot of talking. This helps boost their vocabulary, improve sentence structure and enhance communication skills.

Work out fears Playing pretend can help children work out their fears and worries. When children role-play about the big, bad monster under the bed, they gain a sense of control over him and he doesn’t seem quite so big or so bad. Imaginative play also helps kids vent confusing feelings they might have, such as anger toward a parent or rivalry with a new sibling.



Sharpen Skills and Abilities Introducing creative activities to an elderly person can help to sharpen mental capacity, physical abilities and senses. For example, drawing and painting help a person become more knowledgeable about color theory and how various colors work together on a canvas to create something beautiful. When asked to describe her art and the inspiration behind her work, the senior citizen has an opportunity to exercise her mind.

Inspire and Encourage Participation in creative activities can help inspire an elderly person who may be depressed or sad about his current situation, especially if he's experiencing medical issues or living in a nursing home. Giving the older person an assignment to work on an activity that will challenge his mind or body may be just the encouragement he needs to improve his outlook. It will give him something to look forward to each day, which could pull him out of a depression. A creative activity can give the older person a sense of accomplishment and happiness. A 10-year study from researchers at Columbia University Medical Center found that a positive outlook in life can have health benefits.

Bond With Other Seniors A study published in the "Archives of Internal Medicine" showed that a decrease in social activity can make a senior feel five years older and slow motor skills significantly. Getting an older person involved in a creative activity, like drawing, dance or performing arts, can help overcome social anxieties and isolation. Some elderly people, such as shut-ins, tend to separate themselves from society. These people can benefit from more human contact, particularly with other elderly folks, while participating in a creative activity. They can meet new friends and become more social while enjoying these pastimes.

Creative Writing Creative writing may also have benefits for the elderly. It helps stimulate the elderly person's brain cells, gives him the opportunity to write down his current thoughts and exercise his creativity to come up with stories. It also allows him to reflect on the past. A senior can write the story of his life and remember experiences with his children, friends or family members. The act of writing can improve his mood and help him to feel proud of what he's accomplished in life


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tetsuo01001 4 years ago from gibbstown

imagine! ...

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Tranquilheart 6 years ago from Canada Author

That's what I'm hoping too Johnny


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Johnny Parker 6 years ago from Birkenhead, Wirral, North West England

I've read that writing and re-writing is particularly good workout for the brain and does indeed help to keep you young. There must be hope for us Hubbers then!

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Tranquilheart 6 years ago from Canada Author

My pleasure, prey

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prey 6 years ago from places you should hope we never meet

Beautiful and deeply important hub

I thank you

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Tranquilheart 6 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks for that interesting comment, thougtforce. I agree. A weird idle mode took over for a while. Maybe we got preoccupied with our routines.

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thougtforce 6 years ago from Sweden

Back in the eighties there where many courses and seminars in Sweden in the art of thinking positively. For a while it gave people a kind of "aha" experience and many talked about positiv thinking. What should be normal was suddenly a fashionabel thing! But now, it has fade away, and it seems that we haven't changed at all! I cant understand it! Interesting hub on a important subject! Thanks for sharing.

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Tranquilheart 6 years ago from Canada Author

Well said Melinda, I so agree!


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msorensson 6 years ago

If we could be as imaginative as we were when we were little, we would all be living in Disneyland and that would be wonderful!!

Yes, we do need to cultivate imagination or better yet, remember ourselves when we were little..when everything was possible and the word "can't" did not exist.


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