Sense of accomplishment and self-worth.
The experience of finishing an art project is special. It makes you feel good. Endorphins are released that interact with receptors of the brain that trigger a positive, or even euphoric feeling in the body similar to “runner’s high.”
Endorphins act as analgesics, the perception of pain, and sedatives, providing feelings of calm and well-being. Unlike drugs, however, the activation of these various receptors by the body’s endorphins does not lead to addiction or dependence.
Studies have shown that the simple action of coloring a pre-made mandala, a universal symbol present in all cultures and religions, reduces your blood pressure, slows the heart and breath rate and promotes an overall sense is of well being.
Being an artist makes you far more aware of the world.
Create art, and you see the world differently in deeper, more exciting ways. De-familiarize your life by learning to see, then experience your sense of wonder reawakened. Re-energized senses will reveal colors, shapes, and values you forgot, or never knew never existed.
Creating art stimulates the imagination.
Hit the gym and you create a stronger, more flexible body. Challenge your mind with the right workout, and you get a more powerful, flexible imagination.
Combine that with the disciplined focus practice will create, and you’ll be able to do just about anything you can imagine. Now, who doesn’t need that in their life?