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Why art? How does it heal us?

As a child, I always thought in art museums, Why are they staring at this painting for so long? Now, as I am growing up, I realize why those people used to look at the paintings, and ironically I find myself looking at pictures like them too. I failed to understand the tremendous delight and comfort those people got from seeing art. Many studies have shown and are still proving that any form of art helps to relieve mental issues like cancer, depression, etc. Moreover, indulging in any form of art, improves cognitive thinking and memory in people.

Why art? How does it heal us?

Mental Health Foundation, UK suggests that investing time in any form of art helps to increase creativity, which promotes relaxation, thereby making us feel much better. Art is a form of self-expression. By creating your art, one is expressing themselves to the world, eventually venting out their thoughts and emotions. It helps them to carry on through their difficult times. People write excerpts, draw, sing, and compose songs to memorialize their traumas.

Art, as much as it helps with healing and self-growth, it also evokes Pain. Empathizing with someone's work makes one relive the horrors they went through but also provides comfort, the support of knowing that they are not alone. There are others who went through something similar.

Research by specialists in California University in Berkey are suggesting that art helps with healing one's self. Relishing creative art boosts the immune system. Many people indulge in art during chronic diseases show high chances of recovery. It also helps with communication skills, enhancing knowledge, and connecting with yourself.

We experience our past as visual images and perceptions. When distressed, many people start with their art. By doing so, you experience again what you went through, and by shaping it into a form of art, you are dealing with it and venting it out.

Psychologist and Professor James Pennebaker showed by experimenting on how even spending only fifteen minutes in writing contributed to one's well being. He also shows how people started being more thoughtful as they initially started writing with 'I,' and by the end of the experiment, they started using 'we' or 'us.'

Due to many of the researches like mentioned above, mental health doctors are recommending art as an essential part of the patient's treatment. Expressing oneself through any form of art, be it dancing, singing, acting, or painting helps to deal with negative thoughts and emotions. People are actively using art to overcome Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and Depression. It is becoming clear that art helps in the overall health of an individual.

As said by Oscar Wilde, Art is the most intense form of individualism that the world has known, tells how important exploring art is for one's self. Personal form of arts shows how significant it is to express ourselves by traversing our artistic sides. It allows us to empathize with others and provides a space to explore ourselves.