Does making art make you happier?

“…When you engage yourself artistically and use your imagination you can help regulate your blood pressure and your heart rate.”

About a year ago I came across a video on YouTube while looking up art projects to use with a group of adolescent girls at an outpatient treatment center. It’s a video posted by Soul Pancake in a series they did on the science of happiness.  If you haven’t seen Soul Pancake’s videos yet, you are missing out.  They are the perfect balance of inspiration, humor and education and this little number on art therapy became one of my favorite go to demonstrations on what art therapy is, how it can be applied in practice and how a simple reflective art exercise can literally make you feel better. Instantly. No lie. I’ve seen it happen time and again and this video captures that magic perfectly.

Check out the video for yourself and if the spirit moves you, give the exercise a try! We’d love to hear how it went for you! Write to us here or send us a picture or video through our website, http://www.whirledtree.org/contact-us.html

Make art and be happy!

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