We’ve all experienced it: The sense of peace, or a stirring of emotions as you look at a piece of art. For centuries, this surge of emotions has been discussed and studied. And, in recent years, many researchers have found that art actually has a healing power. Today, we’re going to delve deeper in to this strange phenomenon, and determine how you can add art to your life – to the benefit of your health.
Beautiful Paintings Increase Joy
Seeing something beautiful increases our joy – this is just common sense. Most of us would much rather sit in a sunny, green park blooming with radiant flowers, than sit in a dark alleyway beside a dumpster full to the brim with rotting trash. The same sense of joy and happiness occurs when you look at a beautiful piece of art, and there’s a reason why: In a University of London study conducted in 2011, it was found that “blood flow increased 10 percent to the ‘joy response’ part of the brain when subjects saw a beautiful painting.” In fact, the same response was recorded when people looked at a loved one.
“More than 60 percent of patients reported a reduction in stress from the hospital’s contemporary art collection.”
The Power Behind Art
Researchers found that “visual art has a strong, positive physiological effect on the brain.” Because of this, many hospitals are implementing art classes, workshops, and even displaying rotating art exhibitions in their halls and rooms. The outcome has been enormously successful. A clinic in Cleveland created a contemporary art collection in their hospital, and found that “more than 60 percent of patients reported a reduction in stress from the hospital’s contemporary art collection.”
Art as a Meditate Aid and Healing Power
Art has the ability to touch our souls more than we know. Art has a healing power, and it can also help the mind focus, which is why so many people use art as a meditative aid. Yves Klein’s work is calm, peaceful, and intense, making it the perfect aid for meditation. Many people have found the power of art to add immensely to their lives, whether it is used as a healing power, or as a meditative aid.