Important Ways Art Improves Everyday Life!
Art is a powerful tool that has the ability to impact the world. Throughout history, art has woven itself into every aspect of society and has been used as a way to document the past, illustrate the present, and predict the future. We’re constantly surrounded by the innovative ways art inspires us - from the technology we use and the way we communicate, to the fashion, music and decor that help us establish our personal identities. It’s obvious that creativity is at the epicentre of our lives but what makes this so beneficial - especially now?
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In the current climate of pandemic and isolation, art has proven itself especially important in helping us stay connected to each other, and foster that much-needed sense of community. In our own experience as an arts company, we’ve witnessed the numerous benefits that art can bring to the lives of our customers, so we’ve decided to curate a list of just a few ways getting artsy can improve your everyday life!
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Art develops creativity and imagination!
Art is a limitless space that creates feelings of freedom. It is a chance for you to develop your creativity and imagination through inventing and experimenting; taking risks and breaking rules. As the saying goes ‘practice makes perfect’ so it’s no surprise that the more time you put into making art, the more you develop these areas! Creating in any form you choose, allows you to run wild and make something unique to the world that is all yours. This unbound environment offers a sense of balance to the busy hustle and bustle of the day.
Art restores focus and promotes confidence!
Getting artsy gives you permission to detox from the digital world and in doing so, restores focus and promotes confidence. In this social media driven world, it seems like there are seldom opportunities to unplug but art provides a sanctuary away from the screen.
The Dana Foundation, an organisation dedicated to supporting neuroscience and brain research found that “focused training in any of the arts—such as music, dance or theater—strengthens the brain’s attention system.” Art allows us to hone in on details and environment in a similar way to meditation, promoting a more mindful lifestyle. It is a form of self-care that promotes more awareness of your surroundings and your feelings, whilst strengthening confidence.
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Art is good for your health!
It’s true, art can improve your health! There are many ways in which taking the time to paint or do other crafts can improve your physical and mental well-being. It acts as a form of distraction which can aid in alleviating stress and anxiety, and increases feelings of positivity. Participation in art boosts cognitive function and memory, increasing connections between all parts of the brain.
According to a study published by University College London, just looking at a piece of art can improve your health. Professor Semir Zeki, Chair in Neuroaesthetics at UCL, says that “when you look at art – whether it is a landscape, a still life, an abstract or a portrait – there is strong activity in that part of the brain related to pleasure. The blood flow increased for a beautiful painting just as it increases when you look at somebody you love. It tells us art induces a feel good sensation [directly] to the brain."
Often as adults, we get caught up in our schedules - making to-do lists and running errands - forgetting to slow down. There is never a downside to taking time for yourself so why not spend it channelling your creative side - even if it’s just doodling in a notebook! Bringing art into your day will give you a new lease on life and we guarantee you’ll enjoy yourself along the way!