Have you ever entered a gallery and felt something spark inside you? Art has been an extremely powerful force throughout human history, and now we have the science to explain why!
The creative process itself is a source of joy for many people, and finding inspiration in captivating works of art has shown to have healing effects on the structure of the human brain! Being in a room with a piece of art that speaks to us changes the way that we inhabit the space because, subconsciously, we are teaching ourselves tactics of optimism that are drawn from artistic influence.
You might be thinking, how can a picture teach me to be happy? Well, its basic science, you see:
- It’s no secret that colours are extremely influential over mood, and they’re often used to convey certain emotions- we all know that blue is a calming colour and yellow generates feelings of excitement and joy. As such, artists often spend limitless amounts of time deliberating over colour palettes so that they can convey the right mood for their piece.
- When we connect with a painting it can make us feel understood, as though the artist understands our unique set of emotions. On top of that, art can facilitate self-reflection and in turn, stimulate the pleasure centres of the brain. That’s right! Connecting to art can literally produce those special happy chemicals in your body!
- Art has a way of bringing people together and highlighting shared experiences. Some experiences are difficult to communicate through verbal expression, but a shared appreciation of a piece can say what we can’t. It can trigger memories of time, place or feeling that transcend our traditional methods of communicating.
You can bring a little piece of happiness into your home by following these simple steps:
- Choose your colours wisely: brighter colours like pink can help focus and increase energy levels, while cooler blues and greys can center a room and bring you a feeling of tranquillity and relaxation.
- Stress can cause premature ageing, therefore, taking away stress is like a free whole body Botox. Dedicate a room in your home to art that speaks to you and leave yourself ten minutes a day to just sit and enjoy it.
- Be vocal about art that you love. Share it with people you care about and display it loud and proud- you might just find out something you never knew about a loved one!
Get your hands on some amazing art and let us know how it has changed your life for the better!