Coloring, painting, drawing – no matter what form you administer it, creativity is good for you! Whether it be reducing stress, finding your inner calm, fighting illness or simply stockpiling some happy, creative pursuits like coloring have been proven to enhance your emotional, physical and mental health.
Don’t take our word for it though, read these quotes from all walks of life; celebrities to scientists, illustrators to psychologists, artists to royalty, that show why they find creative activities are an essential part of well-being.
Art is Relaxing, Relaxation is Art
Like his paintings, Picasso’s quotes on the benefits and wonder of art are a gift to all of us. He clearly felt that through his art he was able to escape some of the troubles that faced him in life.
The same can be said for coloring, there is something deeply hypnotic about being engrossed in a coloring page that makes you forget your day to day troubles.
By Royal Appointment
Creativity as a means of distraction is even acknowledged by royalty. Prince Charles, as well as being the heir to the throne for the UK, is an accomplished painter. He sums up nicely how you can become completely engrossed when getting creative.
…drawing, like coloring, was the perfect antidote when she was facing life struggles.
As an author and illustrator, Beatrix Potter created some of the worlds most famous childrens books with her beautifully drawn and whimsical tales of Peter Rabbit and co. She also found that drawing, like coloring, was the perfect antidote when she was facing life struggles, as the following quote shows.
Tilda Swinton, one of the strongest actors and voices in Hollywood, has this to say on how important art, whether that be cinema, painting, sculpture or the simple pleasures of coloring, is to her.
Pursuit of happiness
It is not just the practitioners of art that find creativity is good for the mind, practitioners of science and psychology are also strong advocates that creativity rests the mind, boosts wellbeing and can ultimately lead to a happier you.
Carl Jung – the founder of modern analytical psychology was among the first to realise the potential for repetitive drawing tasks (like coloring mandalas) to concentrate and focus the mind.
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is a widely regarded psychologist, noted for his work on happiness and the positive effects creativity has on mood and wellbeing.
I hope this article was food for thought for you, but let’s leave on one final quote, not directly linked with creativity or coloring, but a quote that stands the test of time. No matter how you find it, whether that be through creative expression like coloring or something else – Robert Ingersoll an American lawyer and voice of the free thinking movement of America offers this great advice…
Over to you
Do any of these quotes on creativity resonate with you? Or do you have favorite of your own? Share your thoughts below.