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Our great human adventure is the evolution of consciousness. We are in this life to enlarge the soul, liberate the spirit, and light up the brain.
―Tom Robbins, Wild Ducks Flying Backward

Intellectual Well-being: Connecting with Our Creative Purpose

Posted By Jennifer S. Pitts, Ph.D. 5/5/2016
Intellectual health has little to do with a person’s level of intelligence. Intellectual health is highly individual and involves finding ways to engage in personally stimulating and rewarding activities. Bill Hettler describes intellectual wellness as “self-directed behavior, which includes continuous acquisition, development, creative application, and articulation of critical thinking and expressive/intuitive skills and abilities focused on the achievement of a more satisfying existence. Intellectual wellness is also evidenced by a demonstrated commitment to lifelong learning."
Keeping the brain and mind active and healthy is an important part
of growing and maintaining strong intellectual health. 

Work that is engaging and challenging without being too frustrating can be extremely rewarding and can contribute to positive mental and emotional health. Like developing any other dimension of health, strengthening intellectual health takes discipline and effort.

There are no magic bullets. It is important to be challenged intellectually on a regular basis. Learning a new skill or art form, performing thought-provoking activities, and enhancing an existing talent are all ways to accomplish this.

Engaging in novel and creative exploration that uses brainpower throughout life is the key to strong intellectual health. Offering stimulating training and development opportunities in the workplace and novel ways to learn new information can improve the intellectual health of employees. There is an obvious connection between enhanced problem-solving ability and new ways of thinking about effective innovation and productivity in the workplace.

A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write,
if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself.

What a man can be, he must be.

This need we may call self-actualization. It refers to man's desire for self-fulfillment,
namely to the tendency for him to become actually in what he is
potentially to become everything that one is capable of becoming. 

―Abraham Maslow