Art Night Reduces Stress!

September 08, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Green Light Art Night

 

NewsFlash!!!  

Creating Art Reduces Stress!  

IT WORKS!!!

 

At the Green Light Gallery we are now offering Art Workshops on Thursday nights.  And boy have I seen the GREEN LIGHT!

Creating art has a magical affect on everyone, even for those who don't consider themselves to be artists!  Watching this magic inspired me to do some reading on the subject.  Guess what?! Creating Art actually reduces stress!

A recently published pilot study (Kaimal, Ray & Muniz, 2016) proposes that adults may experience a measurable reduction in their cortisol levels after a 45-minute art making session. Cortisol is often defined as a “stress hormone” that is correlated with levels of stress in the body and what is commonly known as the fight-or-flight response to threatening or dangerous events.   

Art feeds well-being!  

In his recent book, FlourishMartin Seligman — often regarded as the father of positive psychology — maintains that there are five critical elements of psychological well-being, “positive emotion,” “engagement,” “accomplishment,” “positive relationships,” and “meaning.”  

Simply stated, feeling good about your life is part of a life well lived. So, having a creative project that you can immerse yourself in, not only gives you an outlet for personal expression, it can also provide a much needed break from the stress of everyday existence.   Art helps people to connect with and deal with their emotions.

"Art can help a person reach into largely unconscious parts of the mind and experience dimensions of self otherwise buried and voiceless. It can also help a person get a handle on emotions that are, to borrow a word from T.S. Eliot, “undisciplined,” and therefore inarticulate Through the arts people can find voices to express dimensions of self usually left in silence.  And through art, people can shape their own identity. Art is not just self-expression; it is also self-creation." Michael Friedman

So join us on Thursday nights from 7-9!  Alaina Enslen will help you find your inner-artist!  Bring and friend and let's make some art together!   Catherine


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