Tag: art therapy

Doodling, drawing, and coloring is rewarding – at least, your brain thinks so

While coloring and zentangle-styled doodling books seem to be everywhere, there has not been much research in its benefits. However, recent research shows that the brain’s reward pathway is activated while doodling, drawing, and coloring, which can improve mood and sense of pleasure. I consider myself a skeptical optimist. If someone says, “research shows that drawing is good for the brain,”…

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Being Creative Can Reduce Stress: Even If You’re Not Artistic

Even if you're the type of person who exclaims, "I can't even draw a straight line!" being creative can still significantly reduce your stress levels. In a new study of healthy individuals, researchers at Drexel University found that participation in 45 minutes of creative arts was linked to a significant drop in the level of the stress hormone, cortisol. Interestingly, this drop was not dependent…

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