I’m happy to have a guest post by artist Samantha Kaplan talking about the health benefits of art. Any of the arts can be AMAZING additions to your self-care routine. This post explains why!


4 Ways Art Makes You HealthierHas a piece of art or song completely changed your mood?  Have you ever watched a movie or show that transformed your perspective and opened your mind to new ideas?

If you’ve experienced any of these things, you were impacted by the power of art.  Art makes you healthier by giving meaning to life and helping you understand the world.  It is an essential part of culture because it allows you to have a deeper understanding of our emotions, increases your self-awareness, and opens you to new ideas and experiences.  Scientific studies have even confirmed that art appreciation improves our quality of life and makes us feel good.  Professor Semir Zeki, a neurobiologist at the University College of London, states that when you stare at great art, the same part of your brain is stimulated as when you fall in love.  Art makes you healthier by educating, lifting the spirit, and inspiring. It does this in a few different ways.

Art helps us connect to our inner selves.

Art has the ability to help us connect with our thoughts, feelings, perceptions, and experiences.  This allows us to explore and interpret what we are feeling.  Because of that fact, art has the ability to help us understand who we are as people, and therefore allow us to personally heal, grow, and improve ourselves.

Art allows us to look within, listen to ourselves, realize who we are, and what we stand for.  As a painter, I personally love to create paintings and drawings because I am able to look within, I learn more about myself and what I am capable of. This allows me to continuously challenge myself, and therefore learn and grow as a person.

I believe it is so important for us to view the art of others because it provides us with a deeper understanding of our emotions and increases our self-awareness.  When we observe the creations of others, we decide what we are seeing and feeling because of the emotional connection we have with that work of art.  We make choices that are passionate to us, which allows us to realize what we really care about and what we stand for.abstract painting by Samantha Kaplan

Art introduces us to new worlds and ideas.

Art has that ability to transcend our world, and open our hearts and minds to new ideas.  One of the beautiful aspects of art is that it’s universal.  There are no language barriers with art.  When we observe work from different cultures from the past and present, we are given a window into their lives.  Art grants us the opportunity to get a glimpse of someone else’s life through their brush strokes and through the marks they make on their canvas or their paper.

I love to visit art museums and galleries because I am inspired by the brush strokes, and the stories behind each of the paintings and drawings.  By observing and connecting with the work, I feel that I am connecting with the artist and begin to understand their story and their background.  When we connect with these artists’ stories, we become more empathetic and compassionate as people because we are introduced to new ideas.

Have you ever experienced a work of art and could not seem to explain the feeling that it gave you?  That’s because you are connecting with the artist’s story, their voice, and their experience, whether the work is realistic or abstract.  You are connecting with the feeling of being transformed into that artist’s world.

abstract painting by Samantha Kaplan

Art adds more creativity, satisfaction, and happiness to our lives.

According to the National Institute of Health, scientists are discovering that the arts can improve both your mental and your physical health.  Scientists are now saying that the arts can help reduce stress, anxiety, and even improve our well being. [Editor’s Note: There’s been a lot of development in science around this especially in psychology. This is why adult coloring books are so popular as a recommended stress reduction technique!]

Art also causes us to have an appreciation and gratification for what we have in our lives.  It allows us to appreciate and understand our world and the different circumstances involved in the human experience.  When we are able to live from a standpoint of appreciation and gratification, we tend to be happier because we are able to view of the wonderful aspects that are going well in our lives versus looking at what we don’t have at this moment.  I believe it is so important to always live from a standpoint of gratitude because that allows us to be happier and healthier as people.

Art enhances our daily lives.

Art makes our homes more interesting and lighten up our homes.  It also has the ability to make us appreciate certain spaces.  According to Lesli Walsh, in her article, “Why We All Need Art In Our Lives,” art inspires us, makes us happy, and even motivates us.

We as humans need to express ourselves and surround ourselves with the expression of others.  That is why I believe that it is so important to invest in art for your space because art has the power to transform your life and your mindset.  When you invest in a work of art, you are investing in a visual story that your are bringing into your home.  Every work of art has a story, an idea, an experience, or an intention that inspired the artist to create that particular work.  When you invest in art, those stories and experiences have a presence in your living and working spaces.

Art introduces us to new experiences, provides us with a deeper understanding of our emotions, self-awareness and shines light on questions we never even knew that we had.  As a result, this allows us to learn and grow as people.  That is why I believe it is so important to surround yourself with art on a daily basis.


abstract artist Samantha KaplanSamantha Kaplan is a New York based abstract landscape painter who creates paintings and drawings that celebrates the life and forces that exist on this planet. Her collectors have said that her work has added a sense of serenity to their living space and have taken their minds to a fantasy place that they only thought existed in their dreams.  She loves to inspire people to follow their purpose in life so they can make a positive difference in this world. She is an environmental supporter, a wellness advocate, and a dark chocolate lover. 🙂  You can view and purchase her art at www.samanthakaplanart.com and download her free 9 Step Guide to Living a Happier, More Fulfilling Life.

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Alexis Donkin

Alexis Donkin is a life coach and intuitive helping creatives build lives based in unconditional love. She is the creator of The Compassion Letter weekly newsletter, and the online course, The Heart Unboxed: How to Love the Unloveable, as well as host of the Intentional Writer Interview Series and author of over 17 books.

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