Art Makes You Happier
Studies show that spending just 45 minutes on an art project can relieve stress and strengthen critical thinking skills.
You don’t have to be a Ketnipz-level illustrator to create something beautiful. Sometimes your own art (even if you’re not famous), can provide a much-needed outlet to ease anxiety and calm your mind.
It’s a proven stress reliever that’s backed by science.
- A study by a neurobiologist at University College London found that even looking at art can have the same psychological effect as falling in love.
- Creating art can elevate your mood and help you solve issues you are dealing with or make decisions. Yes, even if you have no idea what you’re doing.
5 Things Art Allows Us to Confront:
- Other aspects of our emotions.
When we talk about art or view a piece, it sparks a discussion in our mind; literally a, “How does it make you feel?” moment. “How does it make you feel” is a cliche that gets tossed around like a meme, but that’s literally what our brains are processing when viewing works of art.
- Many famous artists battled depression and mental illness through art. It helps us process the overall complexities that life throws at us in a unique way. And yes, many lost the battle, but it’s more about how we process what we are creating or seeing.
When we say, “art makes you happy,” we are really saying art makes you think for yourself. It challenges your mind, but it’s up to you to process the concepts. Happiness isn’t automatic, but it can be pushed into place by diving into your own thoughts and pushing yourself to problem solve.
- No, you won’t just start painting a picture and immediately feel a sense of relief, that’s not how it works. If you have an open mind and are willing to pour your thoughts onto a
canvas or dissect what a painting means to you, then yes, you will see positive effects.
Art inspires. You don’t have to be an artist to be inspired by one. Some of the most famous businessmen and women in history were inspired by art and still to this day maintain a healthy collection in their homes. Athletes, celebrities, and all other types of people can get down with art because it’s often a symbol of some of their biggest accomplishments or dreams.