Everyday creativity: A systematic literature review

Ana Luisa Ilha Villanova, Miguel Pina e Cunha

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We systematically review the concept and main characteristics of everyday creativity. First, we highlight the fact that a comprehensive definition of everyday creativity is still missing. The evidence reveals that the lack of a single approach for assessing everyday creative outcomes has led to an ambiguous understanding of this concept. Therefore, we propose a complementary perspective to define everyday creativity moving toward a broader comprehension of the construct. Second, we identify and analyze the main proprieties of everyday creativity in order to clearly distinguish it from big-c creativity, genius kind of creativity; thereby offering a more complete explanation of the concept. Last, we outline pathways for future research, emphasizing the potential of everyday creativity studies to intersect between multiple fields.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)637-695
JournalJournal of Creative Behavior
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2021


  • creativity
  • everyday creativity
  • levels of creativity
  • literature review
  • little-c creativity


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