As artists we often find ourselves in a position of needing to articulate the importance of the arts and the many areas of impact the arts have within individuals and the world.

Imagine my delight when during my morning personal development reading time, I stumbled upon this:

“Play expands our minds in ways that allow us to explore: to germinate new ideas or see old ideas in a new light. It makes us more inquisitive, more attuned to novelty, more engaged. Play is an antidote to stress, and this is key because stress, in addition to being an enemy of productivity, can actually shut down the creative, inquisitive, exploratory parts of our brain.”

-Greg McKeown from Essentialism

Artists quite naturally know the power of play and it seems the business world is finally catching on. Executives are learning how to leverage play to meet the day’s challenges and reduce stress, resulting in increased health and potential for their teams.

Perhaps this is also a big reason why our artistic placements make such good matches with entrepreneurs and businesses. The artist already knows the secret sauce that it appears the business world is finally catching on to: play.

So if you find yourself struggling with solving a need at work or perhaps blocked by stress, put down the laptop and do something fun and creative.