[caption id="attachment_2647" align="alignright" width="430"] Under an Apricot Sky by Peggy Immel[/caption]
Did you know it’s been proven that art has a deep effect on our individual psyche? It’s more than, “Oh, I like that.” So much more. The ever-evolving nature of art touches our inner self, the core of who we are. Who YOU are. It reflects our life and times, offers us inspiration and motivation. And we could all use some of that, right?
Various studies carried out during the past several years, demonstrate what so many of us already knew and believed. The transformative power of art!
One study, which included nearly 11,000 students, found that just a one-hour trip to an art museum changed the way they thought and felt. They showed not only increased critical thinking skills but also exhibited greater empathy towards how people lived in the past and expressed greater tolerance towards people different than themselves.In another study, a series of pioneering brain-mapping experiments by Professor Semir Zeki, a neurobiologist at the University College of London, found that when we look at things we consider beautiful, there is greater activity in the same area of the brain that registers romantic love. He found that “the feel-good centers are stimulated … the reaction is immediate.”
[caption id="attachment_2652" align="alignleft" width="370"] Reclining Nude by Elsa Sroka[/caption]
These findings certainly validate our need to surround ourselves with beauty, with what interests us, speaks to us, pleases us and brings us joy. And that voice is different for each of us. So take some time each day to look for something that speaks to YOU and brings YOU joy. It could be the splendor of the natural world. A quick trip to your local art museum. Or perhaps a visit to a few local art galleries. See for yourself how art can positively affect YOU!