You might have heard about art bringing healing or relief. Maybe the first time you did, you said something like “How can art heal? Is an artist a doctor? I beg, go tell your tales to a deaf and he will recover”. The truth is that art has this magic effect on people’s life. Would you like to know a few ways art can affect your mood? Read on.
Art can drive away negative emotions.
Representational and abstract art has this magic thing of sending a signal to the brain. Whatever people's emotions are, when they set eyes on an amazing visual art they tend to contemplate it. When someone is extremely nervous, it is generally advised that they should change their environment for a while. Generally, if they do, they become more reasonable a few hours later. This is partly because of what they see in their new environment. In fact, even if in such circumstances they don't visit an art gallery, the simple artistic design of nature is enough to spark positive emotions in them. Though art perception and art appreciation are linked to many factors, it is a fact that well-designed visual arts call for emotional responses. In retirement homes, caregivers generally guide elderly persons through drawing and painting activities. Those activities are well prepared and thoroughly designed according to the neurophysiological and psychological needs of each of them. Researches show that these activities help them to treat loneliness and anxiety. For those who are unable to draw, a set of pictures and visual artworks is place before them one at a time at a regular time interval. The smile on their faces during such activities is proof of satisfaction and for those suffering from memory troubles, such activities serve as memory recollection tools.
Art can change your environment for good
Imagine you traveled for a few weeks. You have been stressed to death with presentations, conferences, lectures, and other heavy loads. Today is your last day and you are happy to go home not knowing the surprise your family had in store for you. At the gate, you set eyes on a nice poster of your children with an enchanting smile and a colorfully designed "Welcome daddy/mummy"! Not knowing that it was just the beginning you entered the living room and noticed that the painting, had been relooked and the wall is now decorated with your most preferred wall-arts. By the time you realize it, you have forgotten about your week-long stress and all other annoyances you went through for weeks. More. Do you notice how your instantly provoked joy would irradiate your home? That's a perfect illustration of what visual stimuli art-making can send to people's brains. Although aesthetic judgments and aesthetic experiences vary from a person to another, it doesn't require any deeper understanding of empirical aesthetics to enjoy such artworks to the fullest.
How art Influence people's mood during art therapy
Art therapy is the use of creative processes for therapeutic purposes. The practice has been around for millennia. One of the most ancient references to it can be found in the Bible. According to the story, Saül, after having been rejected by God as king, began to be influenced and tormented by an evil spirit. The remedy for that was to find someone who could play a musical instrument beside him for his relief. And, as the story went, it worked with a young man named David who was an excellent player. Today, the practice had developed in such a way that painting, drawing, and other visual arts are used to improve the emotional states of different patients.
The most important thing here is not the quality or the aesthetic appreciation of the drawing or painting but the positive emotion expressed by the patient through and after their design. People suffering from chronic diseases such as sickle-cell anemia or mental diseases use their artistic expression to open their hearts to their neighborhoods. They also arouse emotions in people around them while the latter try to do emotional and aesthetic evaluations of their work. When people who are suffering produce positive or negative emotional content it affects those who watch over them. This is called emotion contagion as they share their emotional experiences with others and affect them.
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If you have read this article to this point, it may be that you are interested in aesthetic experience or affective responses brought by abstract artworks. You can decide now to turn your workplace and your home into pleasure centers without spending too much. Your mood affects your work and your relationship with others. Researches show that bad emotions and feelings affect many organs of our body. In one click go through our wall art collection, add your favorites to the cart, check out and let your canvas flow to your place. We are happy to serve you because your health matters to us. Stay safe.