Top Reasons to Create Art

Misconceptions about art are very common. Some people think art is a skill like any other, while others believe a true artist is someone who is born with a talent. Many individuals who enjoy art often hesitate to create it because they believe they are not very good at it, and won’t get any benefit from doing it.

I have a theory. I believe that the ability to make art, whether it’s painting, drawing, dancing, sculpting or playing music, is an inherently human trait.

When you say “I am not creative”, you are wrong. This statement actually means “I never tried”.

I have always been told I am so lucky to have the ability to create music. However, I don’t believe this is luck or talent. I am no more skilled in making music or writing than you are. The only difference is that I have put hours, days, weeks, months and even years of my life into it.

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I believe human beings are hard-wired for creativity. You just need to find your specific craft.

Still not convinced you should be an artist? Maybe science can convince you. Multiple studies have shown that creating art is actually very good for your physical and mental wellbeing, no matter whether you are talented or not. Studies suggest that artistic pursuits such as drawing, painting, sculpting, dancing, making music and writing can strengthen your brain, reduce stress, improve your mood, encourage self-development and much more. Here are top reasons to become an artist and make art.

Art Reduces Stress and Anxiety

In the journal Art Therapy, researchers have found out that only after 45 minutes of creating art, levels of the stress hormone cortisol are significantly reduced. Other studies also suggest that spending half an hour of day creating art, especially free-form painting, can help you reduce anxiety.

Art Rejuvenates Your Mind

In a study published in the journal PLOS ONE, the benefits of creating art have been observed at a neural level. Research suggests that making visual art such as photography, painting, and sculpting improves neural connections in the brain and rejuvenates the mind which helps to improve memory, problem-solving skills, and critical thinking. Apart from creative activities, leisure activities and hobbies such as archery, sailing, rock climbing and similar also help you improve neural connections in the brain and stay in good mental health.

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Art Encourages Self-Development

Many believe that art provides you a distraction from worries and stressful events. However, art does much more. It provides you an outlet to express your emotions and feelings without words. By being honest with yourself and facing your worries, fears, and emotions by depicting them (or expressing them through some other creative activity), you can process complex feelings, get in touch with your inner-self, and eventually enhance your personal development.

Sketching Helps to Focus

Making purposeful art is not the only way to enjoy all the cognitive benefits that come from the creative process. According to research published in Applied Cognitive Psychology, mindless sketching or doodling can actually help us focus when we are listening to something boring. Doodling works because it helps our mind to stay on track and not to wander.

Bring More Art into Your Life

Never forget that art shouldn’t be created only by talented individuals or professionals. Although it may be true that many of us are not born with a talent, we are all born with a desire (and ability) to express ourselves. There is no better way to do this than through art.

So, if simple creative activities such as sketching, journaling, dancing, painting, or learning to play an instrument have such an impact on our mental health, take advantage of it, and bring a bit more art into your life. Visit a local art gallery or even consider buying a piece of artwork you identify with from a local art dealer.

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