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Art and Its Importance

Art is a creative medium that is used by all throughout history as an expression of feelings, thoughts, emotions and imaginations. There are many types of art like music, painting, literature, dance, sculpture, architecture, theatre, calligraphy, ceramics, folk, photography and many more. An essential and integral part of human life, art gives us a lens into ourselves and the relation between us and society. Whether placed an arrangement of exhibition display plinths, or belted out of an opera singer, art is made for human connection and consumption. Even when life gets busy, we will always have a thirst for art. Art massively benefits artists and viewers alike, doing incredible and mysterious things for our spiritual, physical and mental health. 


The Benefits of Viewing Art to The Mind

However, viewing art is exceptionally beneficial for our mental health and makes a great impact on our lives. Studies have found that people who spend some of their time around art tend to be happier than those who do not, viewing art makes you feel happy and experience joy. When you’re looking at art, chemicals get released in the mind that gives the person a feeling of love, pleasure and joy. This happens because of our natural association with art and love for it. The first look at the unique piece of art makes us amuse by the creativity that activates our minds, balance the blood pressure, which improves the function of the brain, and make enforce the person to think about it analytically which improves their creative thinking. The art-viewing makes the person relax; relieve their stress and mental exhaustion. The art demands the maximum attention of the person, which makes it possible for them to forget about all their worries and focus on art. 


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Visiting an art gallery will provide you with opportunities to interact with all different kinds of people. The social credibility you gain will help you have a healthy relationship with people. We, as humans, are social animals, and art galleries provide a person great satisfaction and pleasure. When we are socially satiated, a chance to have an open discussion with others arises. 


Walking between grand exhibition walls hung with amazing artwork, you’ll realise that looking at art is the best food for thought. It stimulates the brain and connects you with the art that can spark all new feelings, emotions and pleasures you may not have known you were capable of. Playing an instrumental role in triggering your emotions, art brings out a specific and unique response from each individual. Ranging from cheerful, pensive or thoughtful and many more, art allows us to delve into ourselves and get in touch with our truths. 


Viewing art can also help a person to overcome their depression and anxiety, as art in itself has healing power. Oftentimes art is formed through an artist’s most profound and sincerest emotions, and all these captured emotions and vibes get transferred into the viewer. These pieces of art help people to come out of their dark hole and feel the good energy around them. People feel depressed and anxious when they find no hope and goodness around them, but viewing art is the best way for them to get out of the trauma as the art pieces they relate to gives them a sense of relief that someone else has known their struggle and come out the wiser.


Creative thinking often accompanies the viewing of art, because when you are looking at the picture, you don’t just see textures, colours and shapes when you look at the art, your brain starts working more actively in developing the concept of the whole piece. An engaging art piece will cause viewers to make all possible efforts to go in-depth and decipher the hidden meaning in it. The more you focus and analyze the piece of art, the more creative thinking you do, working your brain’s healthy functions.