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How Art Affects Health

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Medicine is often called the healing arts. What researchers have discovered is that art itself also heals. Whether in good health or battling a chronic disease, people who actively create and enjoy art heal faster and are generally happier than those who do not.

Mental and Emotional Benefits

Studies of patients battling cancer or chronic illnesses have found that patients who actively participate in visual arts (painting, drawing, and photography), experience:

  • Reduced stress
  • Reduced depression
  • Improved emotional outlook
  • Improved well being

The reduction of stress and depression had a physical as well as emotional benefit to the patient, since the less stress the body endures, the greater its ability to heal.

Physical Benefits

Another group of researchers encouraged HIV+ patients to write. They found that the study participants had an improved immune system on a cellular level. The process of creating art literally caused this tangible, positive biochemical benefit.

Healthcare Practitioners and the Arts

Health practitioner schools have found that applicants with arts or humanities degrees have better skills at connecting with patients and their families than do other applicants. Healthcare providers who write, paint, dance, play music, or otherwise engage in an artistic hobby are better problem solvers and more adept at managing their job stresses.

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Whether you are looking for the perfect piece for your home or office, or you’re searching for something to lift your spirits, Nieto Fine Art offers an extensive variety of original art and prints for sale. Our virtual contemporary art gallery showcases John Nieto’s avant garde works.  Visit our gallery or view our website today to see the amazing pieces available from Nieto as well as other talented, forward-thinking artists.

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