Art is good for the soul, and you have it all around you every day inside and outside your home. It’s not only a painting or photograph on a wall, or a sculpture in your garden. It is the garden, the jewelry you wear, the pillow on your sofa, the tablecloth, the design on your silverware. But art is not just something to look at and admire, recognized it is functional, too. It gives you joy in viewing it, every day it lifts your spirits, it is good for your health.
ART IMPROVES HEALTH
Scientific studies suggest that art improves health and well-being among individuals. Benefits of art include improvement of memory and lower stress levels. Populations studied found that when persons viewed traditional and contemporary galleries it promoted well-being in them and included a positive social impact and cognitive enhancement.
Samantha Kaplan believes that “Art is genuinely a gift to the world. It’s what we crave in the human experience. Art gives meaning to our lives and helps us understand our world. It is an essential part of our culture because it allows us to have a deeper understanding of our emotions; it increases our self-awareness, and also allows us to be open to new ideas and experiences. Art therefore continues to open our minds and our hearts and shows us what could be possible in our world.”
ART IS ALL AROUND US
In closing, our physiology is deeply effected by feelings and emotion. Try to keep a balance of good feelings in close proximity to yourself during the day. Perhaps a small painting on your desk, or larger one on the wall. Maybe a piece of art sculpture at home in your window sill to look at before you walk out the door. Or a calming artwork on the wall of your bedroom to send you off to a peaceful night’s rest. And be aware of the beautiful fabrics you choose for a tablecloth, or your clothing, the jewelry you wear or the lamp by your chair. Art is all around us.
HGA article by Jude Lobe