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7 Scientific Reasons Why You Should Keep Making Art Even If You’re Not That Good

For example, anxiety levels are reduced by creating art.

Should you keep creating art even if you think you’re bad at it? Yes, you definitely should, according to science!

As it appears, making art brings many significant benefits for individuals, regardless of their artistic skills. Read this article and you just might want to bring out your art materials soon!

1. Anxiety and stress levels are reduced.

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According to a study published in the Art Therapy journal, doing art for 45 minutes decreases levels of cortisol – a hormone often linked to stress – regardless of the person’s skill level.

As one participant of the study shared:

“After about five minutes, I felt less anxious. Doing art allowed me to put things into perspective.”

Similarly, a separate research discovered that 30 minutes of creating art, free-form painting in particular, helped ease the anxiety of freshmen college students as they prepared for final exams.

2. Brain connections are enhanced.

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In a Business Insider article, we learn about a 2014 study published in the PLOS ONE journal which says “making visual art can improve connections throughout the brain known as the default mode network,” a system linked with the brain’s state during daydreaming or when focusing on “internal thoughts or future plans.”

Furthermore, we are told that making art has a bigger impact than merely appreciating it.

3. Sadness is decreased.

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Another interesting study tells us that sadness is better overcome by creating art compared with other methods.

According to the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts journal, their research suggests that a group of people who have been shown tragic “The Laramie Project” documentary were given different ways to cope with sadness. One group created art related to the movie while another did art unrelated to it. A third group, on the other hand, was asked to simply sit still.

The researchers later discovered that “distracting yourself by making unrelated art was far more effective than either venting your feelings through art or just sitting in your sadness.”

4. Memory is improved.

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Love doodling while listening to something boring – such as your professor’s long lectures, maybe?

Well a study published by Applied Cognitive Psychology discovered that people who doodled scored better on a surprise memory test compared with those who merely listened. In fact, they were able to remember 29% more information.

5. Problems are put into proper perspective.

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Aside from visual arts, thinking and writing (such as journal entries, for example) also helps people deal with their personal struggles.

According to the Journal of Clinical Psychology, a group of participants were asked to write about the most traumatic experiences for 15 minutes during a 4-day period and while they got emotional doing it, 98% claimed they would return if the opportunity presented itself.

The researchers concluded that writing issues in a narrative helps people deal with their issues as it “gives individuals a sense of predictability and control over their lives.”

6. Better quality of life.

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In addition, music also brings many significant benefits. In fact, experts say that making music and undergoing a musical training helps people to have better language skills and academic performance, especially among children.

Moreover, adults also get to experience advantages.

“Active music making in a social context has the potential to enhance quality of life, well-being and physical and mental health in older people,” said researchers.

7. It puts you “in the zone”.

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Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi explained that when we are focused on something, we get to be “in the zone” which is an essential element in having “a good life,” he said. Interestingly, he has achieved this conclusion by consistently observing a painter. As cognitive scientist John Sherry puts it, “the doing of the art was inherently pleasurable.”

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230 New Emojis Set To Release For 2019

The “pinching hand” emoji looks interesting.

This year, millions of smartphone users are about to get 230 new emojis to express their feelings and thoughts better. The Unicode Consortium released its annual list of new emoji set to arrive on your phone in the near future.

All these come as a part of Emoji 12.0. The annual list shows 59 new base emoji, which climbs to 230 total emoji if you include all gender and skin color variations. The arrival of new emoji is always well received by those who like to communicate in positional form, and there are some pretty cool looking ones arriving this year.

Additions include previously drafted candidates such as a Flamingo, Otter, Orangutan, Hindu Temple, Sari, Sloth, and Mate, as well as a Waffle, Juice Box, and Onions. It is also worth noting that accessibility will be a major facet of this year’s new emoji with wheelchairs, guide dogs, and deaf people added to the Emoji 12.0 list....

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Awesome Guy Builds Electric Guitar Using 1,200 Colored Pencils

“This was my first guitar I’ve ever built but I am more than satisfied with how it turned out.”

Art, as they say, knows no boundaries. And we've seen this over and over as demonstrated by artists, creators, and inventors who have boldly pushed their limits, stepped outside of their comfort zones, and even utilized out-of-the-box medium for their crafts.

Case in point, we are both amazed and impressed by the fact that we now have an electric guitar in our time that's been built using colored pencils.

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Apparently, a guy named Burls took inspiration from people who have been making bowls out of colored pencils. He, however, took it upon himself to take things to the next level by building a musical instrument. ...

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Woman’s Amateur Painting Inspires Viral ‘Paintception’ Trend on Reddit

“My mom painted this and said no one would like it.” The internet proved her wrong!

Sometimes the artists themselves are their own worst critics. They often don't see the beauty of their work and it takes others' appreciation before they even realize it.

Case in point, one schoolteacher from Jacksonville, Florida recently achieved viral fame after her son shared her painting on the web. As it appears, Matthew Decker posted the art of his mom, 55-year-old school teacher Cindi and much to their surprise, it inspired a 'paintception' trend.

Matthew wrote:...

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