How Art Stimulates Your Well-Being
- November 10, 2014 08:27
Art has always been an important part of humanity. Every culture around the world is rich in artistic history and presents its own unique style. Before technology, art had a stronger focus in our lives. Today, with so many distractions, art plays an even more important role and has many mental, physical and emotional benefits.
Improves Cultural Awareness
One great benefit to incorporating art in your life is the richness of cultural diversity it provides. Visual media allows for a greater exchange of different cultures and each culture has its own unique art perspective and style. Artists share the inspirations and learnings of their own upbringing and heritage. Combining all these different perspectives of art helps a person appreciate different cultural values, realize alternative points of view, and increases appreciation for not only art, but also cultures and traditions that differ from our own. This helps people become more well-rounded individuals.
Increases Creative Thought Process
Art offers us an escape from our increasingly interconnected fast paced world. Creating and experiencing art improves our ability to learn how to think with a vision. It can also give a new prospective for problem solving solutions. Regular exposure to art allows us to harness this creative thinking process and apply it to many other aspects of our hectic lives; family, professional, and social situations. We could all take advantage of this benefit art provides.
Our children engage in art projects to help develop their learning skills and nurture talents. Painting, drawing, writing, music, and dance are all part of the arts and including these in our lives stimulates learning. It’s not just for children. Continued exposure to the arts into adulthood helps exercise our brains and improve the way we learn and awakens our senses.
Improves Overall Health
Art can also play a role in improving our health. Today many hospitals are strategically placing art to help their patients get well. Baby boomers that participate in arts programs enjoy a fulfilling way to help maintain their wellbeing. Recent research shows that art has many benefits on your health in the areas of cognitive, physical, and social well-being.
Check out The National Center for Creative Aging for arts programs around the U.S. that are widely used by middle-age and older adults. Regularly go to museums, theaters, concerts, and galleries to enjoy art. Of course, include art in your living spaces at home and at work. Surround yourself with art that inspires, challenges, calms or invigorates you. See how it affects you mentally and physically. Art is so much more than just a pretty picture.