Another Way That Down is Up

The upshot of Jonah Lehrer’s article, “Feeling Sad Makes Us More Creative,” from reminds me of some things Jesus said, like, “Whoever saves his life will lose it, but whoever loses it for My sake will save it.” Christ calls all to follow Him in the “sorrowful, yet always rejoicing” life of suffering and glory.

In this article, however, they’re talking about creativity and sadness:

There are two important lessons of this research. The first is that our fleeting feelings can change the way we think. While sadness makes us more focused and diligent – the spotlight of attention is sharpened – happiness seems to have the opposite effect, so that good moods make us 20 percent more likely to have a moment of insight. The second takeaway is that many of our creative challenges involve tasks that require diligence, persistence and focus. It’s not easy making a collage or writing a poem or solving a hard technical problem, which is why sometimes being a little miserable can improve our creative performance.

Later, Lehrer writes:

“Unfortunately, this type of thinking is often inseparable from the suffering,” neuroscientist Nancy Andreasen says. “If you’re at the cutting edge, then you’re going to bleed.”

(HT: Greg Smedley)


About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

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