It’s no secret that simply looking at a painting, drawing, sculpture or photograph can elicit powerful emotions. But did you know that appreciating a work of art—and especially creating one yourself—can have a positive impact on your physical health? It’s true!
Don’t worry, we’re not going to get too science-y here! Simply stated, art is good for both your brain and your body. In fact, studies have shown that being involved with art reduces stress (and that’s a good thing, because stress can cause anxiety, sleeplessness and other not-so-fun things). Also, scientists at the University of California studied 200 young adults and found that activities that inspire awe, such as visiting an art museum, may actually boost the immune system. Making your own art has been shown to increase brain activity, helping with processes like introspection, self-monitoring and memory. And, research has shown that decorating hospitals with certain types of artwork can speed up patients’ healing process!
Generally speaking, any creative activity is good for the mind, body and spirit. So, the next time you’re feeling anxious or stressed, draw a picture, listen to your favorite music, write a poem, sing, dance—whatever moves you. You’ll feel a lot better! Here's something fun to try: The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., offers computer-based art-making tools for people of all ages to enjoy. Give one a whirl at:
If you’ve participated in Mighty Fingers and painted with Kelly, how did that experience make you feel? What’s your very favorite way to express your creativity? Share it with us!
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