THOUGHTS

I am compelled by Frida’s story and inspired by her art. Unlike Frida, I am in good health for which I am sincerely grateful. Like Frida, I am certain that painting makes me a happier person...

Empirical studies suggest that art improves health and well-being among individuals. However, how aesthetic appreciation affects our cognitive and emotional states to promote physical and psychological well-being is still unclear. In this review, we consider the idea that the positive emotional output elicited from the aesthetic experience affects mood, and indirectly promotes health and well-being..

Art in any form, whether while creating or observing, reduces the stress hormone called cortisol. It also releases the feel-good hormones called endorphins which help you combat stress and pain. By letting you enjoy a sense of fulfillment, it transforms you into a more positive, well-rounded human being...

While until recently there was not an official symbol of gratitude, it is believed the modern-day gratitude symbol is tied to Celtic symbolism. Celtic symbolism frequently used spirals in many of their ancient symbols, which date back to 500 BC. The current day gratitude symbol uses this as a baseline, representing how gratitude is the center of all things...

 A work of art can touch us deeply—rousing our emotions, stimulating critical thinking, sharpening our perceptions, and fostering kindness. It doesn’t just connect us with what’s inside of ourselves but also with what’s inside someone else..

Try it yourself. Art Therapy Gratitude is a simple exercise that you can do anywhere. It combines the healing modalities of Art Therapy with Gratitude principles that are known to improve your overall mood and mental well-being...