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How Does Art Make You Happy? 

Art is something that can change the way people think. It can change the way they feel, too, bringing many different emotions to the surface. One of these is happiness. Art has the distinct ability to make people happy no matter what else they might be feeling or what else they might have gone through. Since happiness is such an important element in life, having art around has to be a good thing. Read on to discover how art can make you happy. 

Art Can Be A Distraction 

Trying to focus on anything when you are feeling down, or you’re stressed or feeling overwhelmed can seem impossible. The problems you are facing can be all-consuming, and you might not be able to find any happiness at all.

If you have art around you, or if you’re creating art yourself, you can be completely distracted from your problems and focus solely on the art itself. This might be in the form of a painting, a photograph, some pottery, or music. The form of the art itself doesn’t matter, but if it is beautiful enough to stop you from worrying about other elements in your life, it can bring immense happiness, and this is incredibly important. 

Stress Reduction 

As well as allowing you to stop feeling quite so stressed, there is also something physical happening that can make you feel much happier around, whether or a painting by an ‘old master’ or something you’ve created for yourself. It could even be found in our everyday hobbies that we least expect. For example, online casinos offer fantastic graphics when you are playing an online slot game. This, in itself, makes the experience even greater and can enhance how you feel in general. If you’ve never tried playing online slots before, you can find out about the different casinos at and learn where the best places to try this out for yourself are.

When you are stressed, your body releases cortisol, which is known as the stress hormone. Too much of this hormone is dangerous and can lead to the symptoms of stress. Reducing how stressed you are will reduce the cortisol being produced. Being happy at the same time will produce more endorphins and serotonin, and these combat the effects of cortisol, making you feel even better. 

Art can do this. If you find a piece of art you enjoy or a hobby that you love that involves creativity or excellent art, you will feel less stressed, and happiness will follow. 

You Can Do It 

Art can make people happy because it’s so accessible. Everyone can enjoy art, and everyone will have their own favorite style that they prefer above another. Everyone can also take part in creating art, and it makes no difference if you are ‘good’ or ‘bad’ at it – really, there is no such thing because, as they say, ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder.’ Even if you are the only one who loves your art, that is enough.

Being able to enjoy art in whatever form you prefer will make you happy. It’s not something that is only the preserve of the wealthy or a particular set of people. It’s for everyone, and that’s one of the best things about

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Jamie Moses

Jamie Moses founded Artvoice in 1990

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