What Makes You Feel Alive?

The Long Term Benefits of the Arts and Creativity

So often we go through our week with our tasks in the forefront of our mind. Work, responsibilities, obligations, moving us on day in and day out.

We neglect to tap into the deeper parts of our souls and connect with the things that make us feel alive.

I’m talking about the ‘alive’ that gets you out of bed in the morning or keeps you up late at night, totally engaged with a creative spark and expectation that drives you to create and express the deep things in your heart and soul, often those things that can’t be expressed verbally.

When you’re expressing the creative nature within yourself, the self-absorbed creative part that is stress free, obligation free and totally free to be in the moment; you become more alive.

For some this is expressed in creative writing and the words flow, for artists this is expressed with the visual where you bring to life the blank paper, space or canvas.

When your living in this moment of being totally engaged and free, with complete abandonment, enjoyment or purpose in your artwork; you have become more alive.

Creating has long term benefits, more than meets the eye. There is a connection between art and healing. A study conducted for the arts interventions conducted here shows that participation in activities in a spectrum from clinical arts is beneficial and an effective way of using engagement in the arts to promote holistic approaches with health benefits.

Beyond soothing anxiety, the arts can also benefit those affected by dementia. If you aren’t aware of it, a film titled “I Remember Better When I Paint” focuses on Alzheimer’s patients, and their progress as they are introduced to the world of creative arts. This film brings to light the profound impact creative arts can have on those who seem otherwise disconnected from the world.

Creative expression can be life changing. Through expressing your creative nature with art you can transcend the daily stresses, depression, loneliness and other life depleting feelings and you can experience more peace, confidence and pure enjoyment in being in the creative zone, fully alive and engaged.

As Sherwood Anderson an American novelist said in a letter to his son Posterity: Letters of Great Americans to Their Children.

The thing of course is to make yourself alive. Most people remain all of their lives in a stupor.” And “The object of art is not to make salable pictures. It is to save yourself.

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