The Benefits of Viewing and Owning Art!
Every since the dawn of human history, homo sapiens have discovered and created ways to bring rest and recreation to their worn-weary, hardworking lives. Not only R&R of a physical, culinary and sensual kind but visual forms of aesthetics we call beauty and enlightenment. In the earliest drawings, carvings and paintings in pre-historic caves we see this to be true. Sight is the most varied, vast, discerning and comprehensive of our five senses, so it most of all needs respite from work and drudgery, and beauty to give meaning or greater meaning to our lives.
So, the benefits of gazing at, looking upon and viewing visual beauty—which we call art—is automatic and undeniable. But such benefits are also quite varied, diverse and far-reaching. Its benefits are in-depth, psychological, emotional and even spiritual. Most of all, they are educational and inspirational. For seeing art inspires us to create art. Beauty inspires beauty. And love inspires love!
The Science and Benefits of Visual Stimulation
Many studies over the years by think tanks, academic institutions and psychologists have shown that art can connect neural pathways in the brain and stimulate higher levels of thinking and creativity. When something has a positive influence and moves one to positive action and change, we call this inspiration.
Beautiful paintings, sculpture and even movies can do this to us. They make us think, feel, contemplate, investigate, question, solve, create, desire and aspire. Art defines us as humans but also instructs, guides and inspires us to become better humans.
This also occurs because visual images travel through our eyes and into our cerebral cortex and stimulate each side of our brain, so that neurons and neural pathways are sparked and stimulated on an analytical as well an emotional level. Thus, it can be said that art inspires science, and does so on a subliminal as well as in a direct current manner. In fact, it can be said that science is sometimes art (and is beautiful!), just as art becomes science! For painting and sculpture—and certainly motion pictures—also require mathematics and science to be created and produced.
The Art and Benefits of Visual Stimulation
A famous study in Norway (called the Nord-Trondelag Health Study) conducted upon 130,000 people aged 13 and older concluded that participating in activities such as creating art, visiting museums and art galleries, attending concerts and art and sporting events all contributed to good health, life satisfaction, lower depression and anxiety and increased feelings of contentedness in people. So apparently, art is not only pleasurable and inspiring but also good for your health!
Art in itself is a method of creating and conveying information and message, of describing and depicting life and culture as well as history and activity. Thus, it is educational as well as relational. For people relate to art on a relational as well as emotional level. For we all feel emotions and thoughts of grief, apathy, anxiety, despair, anger and even hate; but also feelings and thoughts of joy, empathy, courage, hope, forgiveness and love. Thus, art allows us to relate to the past and be inspired to create and manifest our own future.
In fact, beautiful visual art can lower blood pressure, calm nerves, pacify anger, improve eyesight and digestion, heighten one’s hearing and smell, lower or eliminate the emission of negative chemicals into our bloodstream, make you laugh and smile, and create happiness.
Knowing all this, it is easy to fully understand the importance of visual art being offered , the benefits of art and available in our education system and seeing it promulgated throughout our culture and society. But equally important is seeing it provided and displayed in our homes and offices to reflect our spirits yearning for beautiful stimuli and inspiration while speaking to our soul and giving our environment benefits, meaning and life!
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