"Change your perception, change your life." You’ve heard that before, right? Yes or no, it’s spot on.
A 2014 study, “How Art Changes Your Brain: Differential Effects of Visual Art Production and Cognitive Art Evaluation on Functional Brain Connectivity" was able to demonstrate "the neural effects of visual art production on the psychological resilience in adulthood" through its experiments. Creating art showed improvement of “effective interaction between brain regions of the DMN (brain’s “default mode network”) as well as interaction "between frontal, posterior and temporal brain regions."
What this means in English is that art can act as an “important prevention tool in managing the burden of chronic diseases in older adults”. Factor in that one-fifth of Americans will be over 65 years of age by the year 2030, preventive approaches to mind/body disintegration have potential to play important roles in leading longer, healthier, productive and happy lives at a time when chronic diseases and stresses have taken over our natural state of health and balance. (source)
Further, other studies have shown that simply observing and contemplating or taking in a beautiful vision stimulates the brain pleasure centers while increasing blood flow by 10% in the medial orbitofrontal cortex. This region of the brain is involved in cognitive processing of decision making. This extra brain boost can lead to “an elevated state of consciousness, well-being and better emotional health”. We call that simply, happiness. (source)
The time to make positive changes is now. The time is always now if we understand time's limitations. In a life that constantly leads us into directions away from the self, art is a pathway towards it. Creating art heals us, relives stress, encourages creative thinking and problem solving, boosts one’s sense of accomplishment which in turn boosts self-esteem and confidence. Art is good for the mind, body and soul. Nourish yours.
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