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3 Ways That Art Benefits Mental Health

3 Ways That Art Benefits Mental Health
By Michael Eason
April 13, 2019
Find out exactly how art affects the human mind

It is so important and emotionally beneficial to appreciate the arts and all the ways they contribute to our sense of well-being, not only in March but throughout the year, as well.

1/3Increasing empathy

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Photo: Pexels

Sometimes we simply need to see things from a different perspective; to literally view the world from another’s eyes, to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes. Art is one of the most accessible and easiest ways to achieve this feat.

Whether it’s checking out the latest gallery exhibitions of local artists telling stories through their chosen medium or watching documentaries of personal life journeys, art allows us to feel and understand the experience of others who may be quite foreign to us. This enhanced understanding increases our ability to empathise and connect with those around us from any walks of life.

2/3Fostering creativity

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Photo: Unsplash

Our brains are hardwired to learn and relearn new information throughout our lifetimes. This unique adaptation of the human species is called neuroplasticity. The more we experience confrontations with difference, otherness, and ideas/images that shake us out of our comfort zones, the more we forge new and alternative neural pathways in our brains.

In this way, experiencing and absorbing the creativity of others can actually help further develop our own creative potentials. It creates a positive feedback loop.

3/3Providing stress relief

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Photo: Pexels

From time to time, we all need some relief from the constant demands of life’s obligations: family, career, relationships, etc. Art offers a beautiful distraction, a way to detach from the current stress and focus our attention on alternative sights and perspectives that can often be neglected.

These distractions serve to re-energise and help remind us that, in spite of chronic daily hassles, the world remains a beautiful and wondrous place.

From time to time, we all need some relief from the constant demands of life’s obligations: family, career, relationships, etc. Art offers a beautiful distraction, a way to detach from the current stress and focus our attention on alternative sights and perspectives that can often be neglected. These distractions serve to re-energise and help remind us that, in spite of chronic daily hassles, the world remains a beautiful and wondrous place.

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