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How to reach the happiness, how to have and maintain the positivity in our creative lives? 

It's not an easy thing to stay positive all time. Trust me, I know... so here are some of my thoughts about the topic and I hope that they might be helpful.  :) (Smile) 


1. Get away from negative people 
Stay away from those who don't believe in you, who only show up in your lifes when they need something. As mentioned in the latest journal by DamaiMikaz - some people are just pretending to be your friends in order to use you or your skills (don't let them). Be aware of those who are trustworthy and it's said that "person will become the average of their five closest friends".. so be cautious and surround yourself with like-minded people, ones who support and inspire you not only at your best, but also when you need someone to talk to or it feels like the whole world is against you. 

2. Stop complaining
Noone likes people who just complain all the time, instead of doing something about the situation. We all have the same amount of time every single day, we all have our own struggles and life can be such an unpredictable thing after all. But once you acnowledge that complaining isn't going to help you in any way - find solutions, deal with the problems and move on. (There is only one person who can change something in your life.. so do it). Don't seek excuses to avoid actual work.

Waiting for someday when you'll have that amazing brush or expensive tablet - don't let yourself think that tools make an artist. It's about your ability to be creative even without fancy equipment, devoting your time to studies and practice and looking for ways to develop yourself and your skills every single day. Be passionate about what you do and nothing will be able to stop you. 

3. Take care of yourself
As a person who had been dealing with insomnia for last few weeks, i can really say that's it's crucial to have a good sleep when you can. Don't forget to take breaks often and do wrist stretches. I've heard many artists to say that stayed up all night in order to work non-stop on their artworks.. or that they been painting for so many hours without any break at all.... - it's not worth it. I've been myself that kind of person, but my wrist now hurts a lot and I'm trying to let it rest as much as I can. 
Also - try not sit all the time by computer. Yes - it's tempting and yes, it's necessary for studies, socializing and painting, but... think about how it influences your body - eye-sight and spine. There is a wonderful software - f.lux that makes the color of your computer's display adapt to the time of day - to not damage your eye-sight so much (but don't forget to turn it off when you're painting, as it really changes the color a lot). Try to do some exercises - even if it's just a walk outside. 

4. Get over your inner doubts and failures
Bad things happen all the time. It's about how you deal with them, how you deal with yourself - that matters. After a bad painting, unsuccesfull drawing or not achieving what you wanted - it's so easy to get upset and not do anything to make things better. Self-loathing can be such a destructive thing. 
Let yourself be sad for a little time, if you really, really need it. Then think about the reasons why it happened, learn from them. Don't let negativity to stand in your way, don't let the past define your future. When you take an action - that's what makes you grow and become the better version of yourself. Try to see the positive outcome, even if it doesn't seem like that. 

5. Be thankful and help others
Be grateful for what is in your life. Place to live, food to eat, family, pets and friends, opportunity to make great stuff. Don't take things for granted. As the time goes away you will have so many regrets if you won't cherish what you have at the given moment. Tomorrow isn't guaranteed. 
Don't be afraid to tell your parents and siblings how much you love them, don't hesitate to pet your cat/dog, spend some meaningful time with them. Be thankful when people support you and help those who are struggling with their art or life. You may never know who looks up to you, that what you are and what you do means a lot to someone, that you and what you do really matters

So, how about you - what are your thoughts about positivity? 

This week I found some lovely resources - this inspiring blog about positivity, insightful digital painting tutorial by Shaddy Safadi, this amazing blog with lots of grear interviews, Art Tips & Life Blips - amazing video series by HowlSeageartblog of Sachin Teng - creative artworks with such a great use of colors, wonderful interview with inspiring loish, stunning illustrations in art-spire and a video - "How to Get Out of Your Comfort Zone" by Alex Ikonn and Jerrome Jarre. 






P.S. I quite frequently post some sketches and artworks in my art tumblr - snowmarite.tumblr.com/. and I have a weekly Music Sunday post on aerismade.blogspot.com/  and weekly 8 songs playlist. 
and a youtube art channel:) (Smile) 

Have a wonderful week!

"Read books. Care about things. Get excited. Try not to be too down on yourself. Enjoy the ever present game of knowing."
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cowsmooalot Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I think that I have an inspiring quote to help. "Don't be lasagna." -12th Doctor. Giggle 
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bluefoxycat Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"How do you do that with the eyes, it's like they inflate!"
-Capaldi!Doctor
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Azametta Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for this journal entry!  :hug:
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La-Nee Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your text is very plausible, but I think it could be more helpful with some suggestions about how to train this way of thinking. As there are plenty of them it can only be a short overview, I know.
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OkitaMaiku Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014
Thank you for this journal entry. It's difficult to keep being positive especially when I keep comparing myself to way more talented people.
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snoogaloo Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
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Dark-SpectrumDS Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. You have made my day with this journal. I recently had a misunderstanding with a fellow artist and since they remained negative, I decided to try to erase them from my life since I have no time to deal with such foolishness through blocks. I really don't know how it started but it finally ended. I will take these tips into consideration and try to keep myself around positivity. :)
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Clarity-Art Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you, this is exactly what I need!
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Leafeo Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
This is a great entry, thank you for posting this! Glad to see someone doing this. <3
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PakdeMatt Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014
6. Read this tips. :D
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e-no91 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks
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vinuDJ Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
NICEClap Hug 
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ChickenCakes Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
...Thank you.
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IamStanfan Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you so much for this journal!
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koou Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist
I've read any different journals of yours now and I can say, that I feel a lot better (: First I was some emo kid, who dislikes the whole world and so on (maybe it was puberty), but I really try to look at things another way now. I think your journals help not just me to get happier in life and art and work, so I want to thank you a looot ^___^
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chi-rin Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you so much for this journal! ♥
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Muffin-Machine Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This echoes a lot of what I'm thinking about right now.  Especially about sleeping. This is the first time in my life I've really respected my body enough to sleep when it asks.  I used to feel like "there is not enough time for sleep, I have to push!" but now I sleep as soon as I'm tired.  Maybe I only sleep for 3-4 hours but when I do I have lot's of dreams and I wake up feeling great.

My advice to anyone, something that I've picked up from several places, is something called Morning Pages.  It's simply taking about 30 minutes, first thing in the morning (or maybe 2nd Coffee ) just writing 3 pages as stream of thought.  Write whatever crap comes into your head.  This helps to get me flowing outward for the day, it eliminates all the mental noise that remains after sleeping.  The trick is to NOT use these as art or show them to people, or really even yourself at first.  I have some that are years old that I look at from time to time just to see where I was with my thinking. 

Anyway, thanks for the positivity burst!
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Aware-Of-The-Vacuity Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Morning Pages? Interesting, you're talking about Julia Cameron's book Artist's Way, right? It's a tremendous coincidence as I just started a course on it.
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Muffin-Machine Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Yes! Lol, I've actually been slacking off the pages for a few days and I can sort of tell.  I don't think it's crucial, but I know it has unblocked me many times throughout the last 6 years when I felt extremely stuck.

If you haven't gotten far with it I don't want to color it too much but I feel like she puts a lot of her ego into the book, especially when she talks so much about "the people who hold you back".  I don't really feel like these people exist for me.  I definitely think she is on to something, and it's a good prescription from way back.  I just feel like maybe my personality type/life situation/brain chemistry is WAY different than the author's, so I read it and find the insight and follow some advice.

How is your experience so far with it? Any huge insights or bursts of creativity? I'd love to hear someone else's experience with the book and have actually been wondering a lot about this very thing.

Side note, I've encountered morning pages in various other books as well, everything from art to addiction to dieting.
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Aware-Of-The-Vacuity Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually, I am doing it through a course, with a group and a teacher, so I guess it's a bit filtered by his perception on the book, so I haven't noticed what you see about her ego and "the people who hold you back".

To be honest, as you said my personality type/life situation/brain chemistry is also different, and this is one of the secrets, I think. If you converse with somebody else that went through the exercises (as I'm doing in the course), lots of them will say that "it doesn't seem to be working for me". I thought I was the only one who felt like this, but one friend of mine, and a couple ladies in the course said the same. The thing is going and doing them.

I'm not doing the course for creativity as much as for helping me remove social blocks that prevent me. So, I'm having tons of insights and signs for things I have to have worked out to overcome my current hardship. 
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Muffin-Machine Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I would definitely say it "works", but you only get what you give. Sounds like you're giving a lot to it.  There is another book called "Drawing as a Spiritual Activity" that has much better exercises for visual artists (assuming that's what you do).  When I say ego I suppose I'm referring to her many, many "examples" in the book.  If I were writing a book meant to help other people unlock I wouldn't flood them with leading examples.  But then, I didn't write a book, so it's just my own personality wanting to be better than hers :) 

If I'm reading you right, sounds like you're saying the main thing is showing up and having the experience? I would definitely agree with that and it's cool that it's helping. 
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Tobyfredson Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014   General Artist
Agreed! Simple as that!
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LaughingWaters Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Which reminds me of something I once submit up to DA.

XD

Great entry, Snowmarite. :D
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FreakEasy Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love Clap 
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TrollGirl Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
The cult of positivity might be fashionable and very american, but i'm just not sure what is the point.
Life throws different things at different people,  and denial of that seems a very sheltered and juvenile sort of approach. Dealing with perversity is consuming enough energy without also maintaining a happy mask as to not challenge the mental peace of one's surroundings. At around 1950 western popular culture decided that everyone must be happy, but that is after all very stupid. Happiness cannot be a constant state and attempting to market that approach is a little sick.
Self doubt is there for a reason. Some negative people are there for a reason as well. Surrounding oneself with yes-men is fun, sure... but where do you get if your opinions and sheltered existence are forever remaining unchallenged?
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snowmarite Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The thing is - that's impossible to be happy all the time.. and without dark moments we wouldn't appreciate what really matters. I'm not saying that my opinion is absolutely right by any means.
But when the constant sadness stands in our way of creating things.. when thinking that everyone else is so much better, what's the point of trying... when letting yourself dwell on all the negativity and procrastinating because of that.. It's difficult to remain focused on your goals, when you put yourself down in everything you do. 

I'm from Europe fyi and I know how tough the life can be. 

I'm not saying that we should just fool ourselves that everything is amazing, because the reality is quite a harsh thing. When you let people to constantly put yourself down. When you feel awful about what you do and do nothing to change the situation and complain about that. But why we let those things affect us.. and then become miserable because of that. Life is too short. 
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TrollGirl Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, i don't know. When you said constant sadness, Van Gogh immediately comes to mind. You know the huge volume of his work, and you probably know how sad he was. And some other prominent artists that shaped history and created immense amounts of art were unhappy. This is just neither here nor there. An adult will focus on their goals. Deviantart, by it's nature, is just saturated with teenage whining, but you realize it's just a phase of people struggling with an unfamiliar hormonal influx. That too, shall pass.
Of course i had a look at your profile and seen where you say you're from, but americanism infuses all of western culture by now, and has been for a long time. Europe and the Baltic.. had their own personalities, i suppose, but it is much more globalised now, and american approaches are very dominant.
I think what you might be trying to message to people is that they need to carry on, persevere [with their art and not only], and develop willpower to stand against life's troubles, but calling that positivity is just a bit odd, that's all.
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Elephantis Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
I think there is great validity in what both of you are saying, with peace of mind anything is possible but with out it everything is difficult, happiness is a choice, but it is not what makes us create or not, any one that thinks depression helps creativity is wrong, i think depression is something that creative people are particularly prone to but i can say it is so much easier to create when you are not suffering from it. getting away from people that constantly leech your energy is a good thing so too is making the choice to change the factors that are causing us distress, as is helping others and being grateful of coarse. 

I have seen many people here struggling with various problems and seen people pass it off as attention seeking behaviour like thats a bad thing, getting attention is what reinforces to us that we matter and our problems are real and worth taking seriously! 
 
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mouse1002 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Student Artist
oh, well
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GoldenFlame1100 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014   General Artist
I can't write/type my thoughts so easily like you did here and it bothers me sometimes. But maybe there are still things that I'm good at. All I need to do is stop doubting.
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AJInu-Okami Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Working myself to limit my complaining and taking care of myself. Thanks for making this list.
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StormNobleheart Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
I confess that I am bad about complaining and not accepting help easily. I always attempt to perform things on my own because I do not wish to appear weak. I grumble and complain (a lot) when I fail, but I am good about working at the problem until I discover a solution through trial, and error. I agree with the importance of taking good care of yourself as you cannot hope to improve much with poor physical and mental health. When I decided to improve my physical and mental wellbeing a couple years ago, I discovered that I improved at other endeavors much easily. A piece of advice I give from experience is to stick with it. If you fail or do not experience the desired results fast enough, do not stop. Go back and review the situation to adjust what needs adjusting, then proceed. You will discover what works best for you eventually and experience success. Take those successes, no matter how small and build upon them. As I wrote before, do not stop.
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AutumnGoose Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014   Digital Artist
I'm one of those people who's working to stop complaining :P, and I think the song "favorite things" really hit the spot: stop dwelling on the pain and what already happened, and think about what makes you feel good or a desired result. When you feel motivated or can see what you really desire, it's easier to pick yourself up and actually do something ... 
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96SoRa Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks again for your article, you are AMAZING person, just by inspiring other people. Clap 
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WasahbiArt Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
aww yes... your journals are always so inspirational. I also do take inspiration in miss Mikaz !! 

Thanks for this again :)
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Erudithral Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Great article as usual. :clap:
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KenLit Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
Taking care of myself is still an issue I have to work on.
But luckily I have a positive angle, and there is hope.
Small steps will get me there, one fitness-center and salad bar at a time ;)
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Coldfinger008 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
Nr4....
HOOOOOOOW?!
If i´d know i´d do...
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happymia13 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
This is very clever! I need to share it!
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Embrace-Fate Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Exercise... For me a good session with the heavy bag relieves stress and keeps me fit.
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Pajbullar Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you for posting this, incredibly helpful Heart 
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Bernuviel Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is very true.
I've been struggeling with depression for years and just recently discovered how important it is to "force" yourself to be happy. But it's something everyone has to learn on their own.

Thank you for writing all these inspiring journals! :D
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SushiBallZ Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow im doing this.. i skipped 4 though lol. im going back :)
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Yukosake Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Negative people often like their sadness, complaining, it's so much easier than opening your heart, and it's a way to protect your ego about people judging you...
People that will really read and listen what you have to say are people that are already on your path... I gave up making people change, and I fell better this way...
Ok, this all seems a little negative, but I didn't mean to... Thank you for caring about your watchers... :)
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snowmarite Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
and I absolutely agree with you - and thank you for such a thoughtful comment. :) 
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Yukosake Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:) :hug:
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PrinceAlister Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Student Digital Artist
i dunno i mean useful advice and all but there will always be negativity and people that put you down wether you want them in your life or not- its always been that way, and people are stupid so the world is never gonna change.
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snowmarite Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, we can't change the people or world, but we can start with ourselves and not letting us get sad or influenced by other people's opinion in a bad way. Helpful critique is one thing, but sometimes other people just enjoy to have a negative impact on others, just for them to feel better... Things are taugh, life is difficult.. but what's the point of letting all that negativity to stand in way of actually doing amazing things..?
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PrinceAlister Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Student Digital Artist
mmm i see...you have a point. several people could stand to learn something from this message...
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