The Creativity Cure

How to Build Happiness with Your Own Two Hands

The Creativity Cure

A Five-Part Plan to Build Happiness and Alleviate Stress

For the past three decades, wife-and-husband physicians Carrie and Alton Barron have channeled creativity to improve their own lives and the lives of their patients. Their approaches were different—Carrie utilized writing and meditation, and Alton emphasized exercise and physical exploration—but their conclusions were the same. Creative action leads to long-term happiness and well-being. With the Barrons’ detailed tools and strategies for cultivating creative outlets, overcoming unconscious barriers to happiness, and linking thought to action, readers will build the mind-set and habits necessary for positive change and fulfillment.

The perfect self-help book for our do-it-yourself culture, The Creativity Cure has a simple yet profoundly inspirational message: that you can find the authentic, contented life you crave by taking happiness into your own two hands.
  • Scribner | 
  • 320 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781451636796 | 
  • August 2013
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5 Tips to Tap Into Your Creative Self

Carrie and Alton Barron provide us with 5 healthful tips for tapping into our creative self.

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Posted by Kristy Ojala

By Carrie Barron, MD and Alton Barron, MD Authors of The Creativity Cure Sometimes we have to fight the urge to sink beneath the weight of our emotions. Just as you would remind yourself not to slouch—"Stand up straight, dear," as my mother-in-law...

About the Authors

Carrie Barron
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Carrie Barron

Carrie Barron, MD, is a board-certified psychiatrist/psychoanalyst on the faculty of the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons who also has a private practice in New York City. She has published in peer-reviewed journals, won several academic awards, and presented original works on creativity and psychoanalysis at national meetings of the American Psychoanalytic Association. 

Alton Barron
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Alton Barron

Alton Barron, MD, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and is currently the President of the New York Society for Surgery of the Hand. He has been the surgeon for the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and Metropolitan Opera for more than a decade. Dr. Barron is a consultant for CBS and has appeared on the CBS Early Show. He has also written for The New York Times, was listed in The New York Times Magazine as one of the 2009 Super Docs, and has published extensively in multiple peer-reviewed journals.


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