Art Makes People Happy

Art makes us happier and more satisfied with our lives

  1. The difference arts make to our well-being have long been understood, and more importantly felt.
  2. Research is beginning to affirm these understandings, demonstrating that arts are clearly associated with wellbeing and good health.
  3. Of course, what makes people happy and satisfied with their lives is subjective.
  4. In a 2010 study of 1,500 people, cultural experiences such as theatre, concert and gallery/museum visits, was the second most important determinant of psychological wellbeing.

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Art makes us happier and more satisfied with our lives

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Bridget Watson Payne

"Art is Magic."

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Scientific Results of Art and Happiness
  1. Researchers at University College London have conducted a series of brain-mapping experiments led by neurobiologist Professor Semir Zeki.
  2. During the experiment, volunteers underwent brain scanning whilst viewing a series of 28 pieces of art.
  3. The scans show that viewing art triggered a surge of dopamine, the happy chemical, into the brain, which results in feelings of pleasure and satisfaction.
  4. It appeared that the reaction was almost immediate, in that when looking at things we consider to be beautiful, activity in the pleasure reward centre of the brain is increased.

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