Creativity is the single most important thing that I have.

—Peter Diamandis, founder of the X Prize

I read a staggering statistic the other day. On average, kids smile 400 times a day.1 Adults? Twenty times a day. What makes adults so damned miserable, I wondered. I started to explore this topic and stumbled upon the importance of creativity to our overall happiness, well-being, and success, in both our personal and our work lives. From studying the subject matter and listening to the experts, I reached the following conclusions:

• As we get older, creativity is squelched out of us.

• Creativity grows in a yes environment. ...

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