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The benefits of viewing art

In my previous article, I explored some of the many benefits of practising art regularly as a hobby. This is article continues the topic, but instead focuses on the benefits of viewing art.

Allowing art to be part of your life has many physical and mental health benefits and can have a positive impact on our wellbeing.

If you are looking for a way to improve your health and wellbeing, sharpen your skills and to nourish your body, brain and soul, indulging in viewing art is an activity that can benefit you and enrich your daily life. It has the ability to transform your life and boost your mood, helping to make you happier and healthier as well as promoting a state of tranquillity.

Read on to discover more to discover five benefits of viewing art.

Boost your happiness

Art has been proven as a tool that we can use to boost our moods and that no matter what that may be it will have a positive effect on our emotions. As when we engage with artwork such as looking at paintings or admiring sculptures, our brain creates dopamine which is then released into our systems. This can result in us feeling good and creates a sense of appreciation when we engage with the artwork.

Improve your health

Studies have shown that engaging in art and culture can boost physical and mental health, and that attending art galleries and engaging in other cultural-based activities can help to make us happier and healthier human beings, increasing our sense of satisfaction and helping to lower anxiety and depression both in men and women.  The study concluded that whether you view art or create art the same benefits can be enjoyed. 

Relieve stress

In these unprecedented times, we are experiencing higher levels of stress. The need to take a break for our mental health and wellbeing is greater than ever. Art is an ideal tool for this purpose as it lowers our stress levels. Taking the time to stop and appreciate artwork that  enables us to decrease the anxiety and stress that we may be experiencing during this time.

Encourage critical thinking

During tours of art galleries, be it in physically or online, critical thinking can be developed while viewing and engaging with artwork. Alongside this, you can also develop your tolerance and historical knowledge and use these skills to increase your knowledge of the world around us. The ability to experience other cultures through artwork and gain fresh perspective and context on bigger issues has huge benefits to our critical thinking abilities.

Improved empathy

Another benefit of viewing art is that it increases our sense of empathy and how we relate to others. Reflecting on the message of a piece and exploring the motivations and feelings behind it, while exploring how the artist has attempted to express a deeper meaning, encourages empathy.

Improve creative thinking

Art encourages us to think outside of the box, which can improve our creative thinking and translate into other areas in our lives. It enables us to be able to overcome and solve challenges that we may come across, as art presents unique problems that require creative solutions. Exposing yourself to this this can boosting our cognitive abilities – not to mention fire up that inner creative!

Lara Edwards
Community Manager and Editor of Motiv8.Me Woman. A photographer, radio presenter, poet and spoken word performer, Lara recently graduated from university with a joint honours in History & Creative Writing.

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