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Is it possible to strengthen students’ engagement in creative activities using simple everyday tasks focused on creative thinking, self-efficacy, or valuing creativity? We addressed this question in a daily-diary investigation on first-year university students. During 8 days, students were presented with simple tasks that required them to focus on creativity for a few minutes, while no prompts were presented during the remaining 8 days. We found that when participants were prompted, they felt more creative and engaged more intensively in different creative activities. These findings open a new avenue for future development of new methods of creativity training and making creativity more salient in school, work, and family.

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Creativity catalyzes positive changes in the economy, politics, and individual wellbeing. Therefore, attempts to support and enhance creativity are of particular interest to both scholars and practitioners. This article introduces a new approach to stimulating engagement into everyday creativity: a wise intervention based on short and simple prompts that emphasize the importance of creativity and build creative confidence. Wise interventions are promising as a new way of strengthening people’s creative potential and engagement across various settings.

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This page is a summary of: Simple yet wise? Students’ creative engagement benefits from a daily intervention., Translational Issues in Psychological Science, March 2022, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/tps0000289.
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