4 benefits of coloring

‘adult coloring’ is all the rage. have you noticed?

in fact, just the other night during a lifetime christmas movie marathon, a commercial for michael’s came on promoting the trend and their selection of coloring books for sale this season {it seems they are really betting on them}.

’tis the season to color!

i was gifted one for my birthday this year, and i can say first hand, coloring is the real deal! i felt calm, and i can honestly say i felt my blood pressure drop. it’s a similar zen feeling one might get from doing a craft, but because the drawings are already done for you, all you have to do is sit back, relax, and stay within the lines.

let’s break down the benefits, shall we?

by coloring in adult coloring books, one can actually get the therapeutic effects of art therapy {sidenote, i think in another life i was an art therapist. the career fascinates me}.

i just discovered this gem of a video by some of my favorite content creators over at soul pancake {remember this one?}. it showcases an experiment in art therapy and actually shows how it can boost happiness levels.

the video tells the story of a group of people who engaged in art therapy and had an average increase in happiness of 8.1% with the highest jump being 36.7%. so, that’s one benefit – it’s been proven to increase happiness levels.

it’s also been shown to reduce stress and anxiety by eliciting a similar mindset one gets from practicing meditation. coloring allows us to switch off our brains from all of our incessant thoughts and be in the present moment.

coloring calms us! through measuring the physical effects of coloring, we know that there are changes in blood pressure and brain waves. this is thought to be due to repetition and attention to detail as well as a concentration on images that bring up pleasant thoughts instead of negatives ones.

also, is it just me or does coloring bring on a sense of accomplishment? i think there’s a little mood boost and sense of satisfaction knowing you completed a piece.

so, get yourself a coloring book already! when things are feeling a little stressful, whip it out and let it soothe thy soul. all you have to do is stay within the lines… but only if you want to!

i’ll leave you with a quote from none other than aristotle. i think he knew a thing or two.

the aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.

so, it doesn’t matter if you’re an artist or not, it doesn’t matter what you create from a visual perspective, just focus on how it affects you internally. that’s what it’s all about.

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