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Use your Imagination – it is a key to living well after 50

August 17, 2023

Imagination – is it just for children? Of course not! We are never too old to use our imagination and it healthy for us. Sometimes though, life gets in the way. When this happens to me, my grandsons come to the rescue as children have such vivid imaginations you can’t help but get caught up in the excitement.

Have you ever wondered what makes some people more successful, happier, and fulfilled than others? What is the secret ingredient that allows them to achieve their goals, overcome their challenges, and live their dreams? The answer is simple: imagination.

Imagination is not just a childish fantasy or a whimsical escape from reality. It is a powerful mental faculty that can help you shape your future, improve your present, and heal your past. Imagination is the ability to create mental images of things that are not present in reality, or that have never been experienced before. It is the source of creativity, innovation, and invention. It can be the fuel for passion, motivation, and inspiration.

It’s time for this month’s Tell Us About…. a link up hosted by some lovely ladies (including me) from all over the world. You can see who they are at the end of the post and perhaps check out what they have written for this month’s prompt.

Each month one of the members selects a topic/prompt and this month it is Tell Us About……Imagination. The prompt was suggested by Suzy, from The Grey Brunette .

Imagination –  the act or power of forming a mental image of something not present to the senses or never before wholly perceived in reality

Imagination is the soil that brings dreams to life!

While imagination is often associated with creative pursuits, it can also have several health benefits. Here are a few ways in which imagination can positively impact our well-being:

  1. Stress Reduction: Engaging in imaginative activities such as visualization, guided imagery, or daydreaming can help reduce stress levels.
  2. Enhanced Emotional Well-being: Imagination allows us to explore and express emotions in a safe and controlled environment. It can serve as a form of emotional catharsis, helping us process and cope with difficult feelings. Creative outlets like writing, painting, or storytelling can provide a channel for emotional release.
  3. Increased Resilience: Imagining positive outcomes, envisioning future success, or picturing ourselves overcoming obstacles can enhance our resilience. By mentally rehearsing challenging situations, we can build confidence and develop strategies to cope effectively.
  4. Cognitive Stimulation: Engaging in imaginative thinking exercises our cognitive abilities. It enhances memory, attention, and problem-solving skills as we create, visualize, and manipulate mental images.
  5. Empathy and Social Connection: Imagination enables us to put ourselves in another person’s shoes and understand their perspective. It fosters empathy and compassion, which are vital for building strong relationships and promoting social connection.
  6. Brain Health: Research suggests that imagination stimulates brain activity and can contribute to neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to form new neural connections. This can help maintain cognitive health and potentially reduce the risk of cognitive decline.

While imagination alone is not a substitute for professional healthcare, incorporating imaginative practices and activities into our lives can contribute to our overall well-being.

So, let your imagination soar and reap its many health benefits.

Imagination can be the Key to Unlocking Your Potential and Living Well After 50

Imagination is a gift that everyone has, but not everyone uses.

Many people neglect or suppress their imagination due to fear, doubt, or criticism. They think that imagination is unrealistic, impractical, or childish. They limit themselves to what they know or see in reality. They miss out on the opportunities and benefits that imagination can offer.

How to embrace Imagination to live well

  • Practice: We all have imagination but sometimes it is a case of ‘use it or lose it’. Imagination can be improved with practice. The more you use your imagination, the more it will grow and develop. You can practice your imagination by doing activities that stimulate it, such as reading books, watching movies, playing games, listening to music, or meditating.
  • Challenge Yourself and face your fears: To expand your imagination beyond your comfort zone, you need to challenge yourself with new experiences and information. You can challenge your imagination by exposing yourself to different cultures, perspectives, opinions, or fields of knowledge. You can also challenge yourself by setting goals that require imagination to achieve them.
  • Share with others: To enrich your imagination with feedback and inspiration from others who share it with them. You can share your imagination by expressing your ideas through words (writing), sounds (speaking), images (drawing), or actions (performing). You can also share your imagination by collaborating with others who have similar or complementary imaginations.
  • Take the pressure off and just Enjoy: To sustain your imagination for the long term enjoy it without judgment or pressure. You can enjoy your imagination by appreciating its value and beauty regardless of its outcome or impact. You can also enjoy your imagination by celebrating its achievements and learning from its failures.

Imagination is the key to unlocking your potential. It can help you learn new things faster, problem-solve, entertain yourself more and empathize with others more deeply.

Don’t let reality limit your imagination; let your imagination enhance your reality.

How do your rate your imagination? Here is a quiz you might like to try for Imagination and Creativity

Imagination and Creativity Test | Psychologia

I took the test and scored Average which wasn’t a surprise. I wouldn’t say I have a great Imagination so maybe that’s something I need to work on.

Be sure to scroll down to the links from the other contributors to read their take on Imagination.

Sue Loncaric

Tell Us About….Contributors

Suzy from The Grey Brunette (Brit living in Portugal) – Curious about what’s cooking in Suzy’s imaginative mind? Her latest blog post, ‘Imagination,’ spills the beans on her lifelong love affair with books and the wild scenarios she dreams up – from sharks in puddles to kites morphing into dragons. Get ready for a fun-filled journey through Suzy’s creative world, where even everyday objects become magical with a little help from tools like Leonardo AI! Find her post at https://www.thegreybrunette.com/tell-us-about-imagination/

Gail from Is This Mutton wonders if we are less imaginative as we get older. https://www.isthismutton.com 

Deb from Deb’s World (Australia)Debbie has a vivid imagination which can work for and against her at times.  In this post she looks at the role of imagination in everyday life and how we can nurture our imagination to enhance our lives. https://wp.me/p2juKh-e8F

Mary Katherine from MK’s Adventures in Style This month’s topic of Imagination has Mary Katherine thinking of 2 summer creatures that inspired her imagination from childhood to now!  Check out her post to see what they are… https://mksadventure.com/

Leslie from Once Upon a Time and Happily Ever After  – Leslie is having to really use her magination to talk about August’s Tell Us About theme…Imagination!  https://onceuponatimehappilyeverafter.com/tell-us-about-08-2023-imagination

Marsha, from Marsha In the Middle (USA) – Last month, when Suzy chose “Imagination” as our August theme, Marsha thought she’d go in one direction, and then she took a completely different road!  Come along as she searches for her imagination!

Penny from Frugal Fashion Shopper Penny wondered if she had any imagination but yes, she could ….. imagine…..   https://frugalfashionshopper.co.uk

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17 Comments

  • Reply marsha57 August 17, 2023 at 13:33

    I think I’ve been imaginative and didn’t realize it! After reading this, I feel so much better about myself…hahaha!! Thanks for sharing all of these wonderful points, Sue!

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    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 18, 2023 at 11:41

      Go you, Marsha! I’m not that imaginative unfortunately but I’m glad you feel better after reading my post. x

  • Reply Retirement Reflections August 17, 2023 at 14:48

    Hi, Sue – Thanks for the great tips, quotes and quiz. I took the quiz and received a ‘high’ rating. I’m not sure if that’s true – but I’ll take it! 😀

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 18, 2023 at 11:41

      I’m not surprised at your quiz results Donna you are very imaginative especially in your writing. x

  • Reply Debbie August 17, 2023 at 17:22

    This is a great post about how imagination can help us health-wise Sue. You’ve covered some essential areas which I hadn’t really considered so many thanks and I’m now off to take the quiz!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 18, 2023 at 11:43

      Thanks, deb. I thought it was a bit boring compared to others but I’m glad you had some ‘take-aways’ from the post. I’m sure you will score high on the quiz! xx

      • Reply Debbie August 18, 2023 at 12:07

        I did score high on the quiz!

  • Reply Joanne August 17, 2023 at 19:59

    I took the little quiz and scored high! (Though I wish “sometimes” had been an option on a few of those questions). I do tend to be an outside the box thinker on some things– I think it stems from working so many years with young kids and then homeschooling my own. I really had to be creative to keep them engaged.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 18, 2023 at 11:45

      Hi Joanne, being surrounded by children is certainly an excellent way to maintain our imagination. You do need to be creative with lessons and keeping them engaged, as you say xx

  • Reply OnceUponaTimeHappilyEverAfter.com August 18, 2023 at 10:31

    Thank you for sharing the quiz…I scored ‘high’. Although, like Joanne says, I wish there had been a ‘sometimes’ option to the answer choices. I don’t think I have the imagination I used to have and I always say that it’s a good thing the world didn’t have to wait for me to invent the wheel, electricity, the automobile!!

    Our grandbabies are wonderful for inspiring our imagination.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 18, 2023 at 11:50

      Hi Leslie, glad you scored high on the quiz and maybe I would have scored better if there was a ‘sometimes’ option. Our grandbabies certainly are an ongoing source of wonderful imagination aren’t they? x

  • Reply Gail Is This Mutton August 18, 2023 at 18:47

    I scored High on the test, so all is not lost! I find your tips really useful Sue, particularly the one about challenging ourselves and facing our fears. I already did that, and surprised myself, by admitting to regret about not being able to write any more. I think the muse is still there, it just needs coaxing out xx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 22, 2023 at 15:40

      Hi Gail, good for you scoring High in the quiz and it’s never too late to start your book. You will know when the time is right. x

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee August 19, 2023 at 07:32

    Oooh, I’ll do that quiz a little later – thanks for the share. I sometimes think My imagination holds me back (it brings up a lot of ‘stuff’ that isn’t probably or even real. But I agree with you that being around children really shows you how active an imagination can be, and sparks a little life into our old dormant ones….

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 22, 2023 at 15:50

      I would rather be imaginative and colourful than bland. I didn’t score well on the quiz but it’s never too late to change – is it? x

  • Reply Penny August 20, 2023 at 02:24

    This is such an informative post, Sue. I really appreciate all your wisdom and knowledge. your tips on increasing our imagination are really useful. I’m going to do the quiz right now!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 22, 2023 at 15:54

      Hi Penny, when I wrote the post, I thought it wasn’t very ‘imaginative’ but I’ve been surprised at the reaction from readers. x

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