The process of making art — whether singing, dancing, painting or anything in between is good for you.
With television, social media, and “on–demand everything” at our finger tips, it’s easy to go down the rabbit hole of news alerts, online ads, not to mention the never-ending stream of cat videos. Art offers a healthy alternative to screen time.
Take a minute to ignore all of the incoming signals and create an outgoing one instead. Step away from the screen and engage in something real time. Grab your camera and take a picture. Turn up the music and dance. Go outside and find one of the Pianos on the Street to play or listen to.
There are both physical and mental benefits from creating art. In 2010, the American Journal of Public Health published a review titled, The Connection Between Art, Healing, and Public Health.
In that article, researchers analyzed more than 100 studies about the impact of art on health. The studies included everything from music and writing to dance and the visual arts. Each study examined more than 30 patients who were battling chronic illness and cancer.
Here’s how the researchers described the impact that visual arts activities had on the patients. (visual arts includes: painting, drawing, photography, pottery, and textiles):
- "Art filled occupational voids, distracted thoughts of illness"
- "Improved well–being by decreasing negative emotions and increasing positive ones"
- "Improved medical outcomes, trends toward reduced depression"
- "Reductions in stress and anxiety; increases in positive emotions"
- "Reductions in distress and negative emotions"
- "Improvements in flow and spontaneity, expression of grief, positive identity, and social networks"
Express yourself. Craft something. Make more art.
Your health and happiness will improve and how good is that?