Making art is an incredibly powerful way to treat and prevent depression, improve self-esteem, cope with stress and prevent cognitive decline – scientist all agree. For example, a study from the Research Center for Arts and Culture (RCAC) found that artists experience fewer feelings of depression and loneliness than the general population, while also reporting greater overall morale!
Surrounding ourselves with creative and supportive people strengthens synapses in our brain – so literally when you are studying art while discussing your ideas with someone creative – you are making your brain better!
There have been numerous studies conducted by scientists and health professionals on the benefits of various art forms. One brilliant article titled: The Connection Between Art, Healing, and Public Health: A Review of Current Literature by Heather L. Stuckey, DEd and Jeremy Nobel, MD, MPH explores the direct medicinal benefits of art and is well worth a read.