Benefits of Art – Therapy Art
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Studies show that a dose of art is good for you! Those that flex their creativity muscles are happier people. It doesn’t matter if you are 2 or 102, art increases your physical, mental and emotional health. We all need this creative panacea in our lives!
Gene Cohen MD, PhD was one of the first researchers to prove that art has a positive effect on the aging. Cohen discovered that art helps those suffering from Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other chronic diseases by reducing depression and anxiety associated with the pains of the diseases. Creating art also contributes to vital connections in the brain that fight memory loss and cognitive problems. Additional research suggests that our imagination can flourish even as adults, and it’s not only for children. Bruce Miller MD, behavioral neurologist at the University of California San Francisco Medial Center, found that even though your brain ages, your creative abilities do not deteriorate.
Art exercises the brain. Consider creativity to be your best gym workout without the sweat! Making art helps cognitive function by producing new neural pathways and plasticity. Even looking at art can cause the brain to restructure and adapt, helping increase reserve capacity while producing the same feel-good neurotransmitters that are emitted when you fall in love. Art keeps people of all ages engaged, active, and positive. Those with a creative outlet feel happier, healthier and a greater sense of purpose in their lives. Art is essential to our lives at every stage. If you want to spark your wellbeing, don’t delay. Take some creativity pills!
Time for some ART CLASSES!