Therapy in Color

I have always believed in the power of art and creativity. Engaging in painting, drawing, poetry-writing, singing, sculpture, cartooning, creative writing, music-making, arts and crafts, and even cooking, scrapbooking, and home decor relax the mind, feed the soul, and bring us closer to our Creator. Each one of us has been blessed with some kind of creative gift and it’s our job to find out what it is we love to do best, and use it to connect more deeply with the world, not just escape from it.  Making art in any form also fosters mindfulness.

Even something as seemingly childish as coloring books can help us connect with our creative muse. This article explains why.
After all, it’s the child in us that gets activated when we create, and there’s no one more creative than a young child.

Catharine Toso

An increasing number of adults are handling stress by engaging with art. Specifically, art in the form of coloring books. But while some may consider this to be a temporary fad, the psychology behind it is much deeper. Neuroscience Ph.D. candidate Jordan Gaines Lewis explains the appeal of coloring books to adults, and why they work, in a piece for New York Magazine’s The Science of Us blog.

Creative engagement is a major stress-reliever for many people. If you are artistically inclined, whether it be in the visual arts, music, or literature, you already know this. However, just because one lacks artistic training doesn’t mean that this great feeling can’t be experienced. So many adults are spending time with an open coloring books because it allows us to exercise our creative muscle, as long as we can hold a coloring pencil. Lewis cites psychologist Barry Kaufman, who says that the…

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3 thoughts on “Therapy in Color

  1. Oh, man, I love coloring! For a long time I thought I “couldn’t draw”. I found out I was very wrong one night, quite by accident – it sounds unbelievable but it’s true, all of a sudden the confidence just unlocked or something – but anyway, because I thought I couldn’t draw, coloring books and pages made me feel really good because the outline was already there and I just had to fill it in with the right colors, and I’m pretty good at that. My favorites are abstract patterns because I love to decide which colors go where and how to lead from a section of warm colors into a section of cool colors, which is kinda tricky as they often clash. I also love animal coloring pages because I just love animals 😉

    My cousin got me a beautiful coloring book for Christmas, full of jungle animals in abstract designs, so it was the best of both, haha, and on the inside was a little blurb about research into coloring as stress relief for adults. I had known all along that coloring is very relaxing – my favorite part of drawing is still the coloring process – so I was glad to see it being talked about.

    Anyway, thanks for posting this! 🙂

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