Art is one of the most essential parts of our lives, and almost everywhere we look or what we enjoy, is art in some kind of way. Whether it be your favorite film that you watch over and over, the music you discover on the way to work, the painting you saw in your local coffee shop, or a photograph that takes you somewhere entirely new – art is everywhere, and there is a good reason why it should be that way.
This piece is going to take a look at why you should surround yourself with art and what benefits you can experience from doing so.
“The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless.” – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Art Relieves Stress
Stress is such an ingrained part of our lives now, that it is probably fair to say, we might not even notice it. That being said, it is crucial that we alleviate as much stress from our bodies as possible, to remain in the best mental and physical health. Looking at art and making art, are two of the easiest means of achieving stress relief. It is no coincidence that we see paintings and photographs in many healthcare facilities, hotels, and educational facilities, to name but a few places. The interesting bi-product of being surrounded by art, is that it can help to calm us and reduce our levels of cortisol (the stress hormone).
“You don’t take a photograph, you make it”. – Ansel Adams
Art is a Powerful Mood Influencer
We have already covered how art can help relieve stress, but it can also help us feel a gamut of emotions: happiness, sadness, and everything in between. Using art to influence your state of mind, can make for a better and much happier day. Whether you love ocean photography, abstract colorful art, or you just love paintings of cows, surround yourself with art, and see how your mood changes.
“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” – Aristotle
Art Helps us Express Ourselves
Whether we are creating the art ourselves or are seeking images, sculptures, or paintings that capture the essence of how we feel, art can help us express ourselves no matter where we are, emotionally. This can be a significant release, as it can help us communicate how we feel, without words, and also know that others may feel the same way too.
“To be an artist is to believe in life.” – Henry Moore
Art Can Enrich Your Life
Art often offers a different perspective to the one we have, and no matter what the piece, any art can provoke a new train of thought. This creativity can expand our minds, which can enrich the quality of our lives. And the beauty of it is, there is limitless art in the world – it’s all around us. Everything can be an inspiration, a catalyst for a story, or for a new path in your life.