Paint Your Happiness: How Art Can Be Uplifting!One of the myths of art is that it is only satisfying to those who are “talented” or “good” at drawing, painting, sculpting, etc. The reality is that art does not need to be approached from the perspective of a professional in order for it to be moving and uplifting! Art creates an opportunity for everyone and anyone to tap into the creative side of their brain and make something that they are proud of. Professional artists are not the only people with ideas to paint onto a blank canvas or the creative capacity to make an authentic piece of art. Here at Pinot’s Palette, we believe that art brings joy to anyone who picks up one of our paint brushes. We know that art can genuinely make anyone happy, all you need to do is take that first step and give it a try!
Art and happiness is by no means a new idea. For decades, studies have shown that artistic creativity brings about pleasure and joy. American psychologist Dr. Robert Epstein is a firm believer that “the creative process is itself a source of joy for most people…with the new creative powers we’re also better able to solve the little problems that beset us daily”. With 20 years of research to back his claims, his research shows us that creativity gives us a motivating boost to get through the day. Art and creativity brings light to our lives as we practice invention and exploration through the process. Creating something new, something that you made yourself, is ultimately fulfilling and refreshing.
From a biological perspective, art actually connects with the chemicals in your brain! Recent research from the University of London shows us that looking at art increases your dopamine levels in the brain’s frontal cortex, leading us to feel positive. In fact, the feelings we feel surrounding art are compared to the emotions surrounding romantic love! What better way to spread the love than through the joys of art?
Art therapist and visual artist Cathy Malchiodi reports that numerous clients have expressed an increase of positivity through art therapy. According to clients, art has given them the chance to find comfort in their struggles and focus on the enjoyable process of discovery and creativity. Art can take pain and make it something beautiful and positive. It can be a transformative experience that allows us to work through our problems and find brightness in dark places. Art can truly bring about happiness and healing!
The creative process of making art is an uplifting experience that allows any of us to work through new ideas, find the courage to make a statement, or release any emotions we have bottled up inside of us. Putting all of these thoughts and feelings onto a fresh canvas or piece of paper is sure to feel refreshing. Also, learning new skills, and realizing how creative you can be, is definitely something to feel proud of! As you express yourself, you are also learning new abilities at the same time. It’s a productive path towards happiness!