Visiting a museum, living artistic experiences or taking part in a creative activity is beneficial to your personal psychological and physical wealth. But what is the use of having art around us in everyday life, in our home?
The benefits are many and often they can be enjoyed in a seemingly passive way, almost by an osmotic process by which art comes into our minds and our lives.
Let’s see well and in detail some beneficial properties on our practical life and even in our relationships, related to living in a house that contains works of art.
Wellness Arising from Aesthetics
The choice of a piece of art to be kept at home is linked to a chemical process similar to the early stages of falling in love: the aesthetic sense that strikes us activates the “preferences” and personal taste.
Our point of view is put at the center of our choice, and this results in immediate benefits, particularly on our decision-making attitudes.
Also the so-called “love at first sight” that leads us to see and appreciate a work of art creates, albeit for a shorter period than in falling in love, the equilibrium of oxytocin, dopamine and endorphin, chemical balance that leads to the skin and endocrine system well-being.
Spending some time in a house where art is part of the interior, implies benefits to relationships, from the couple to the family to friendships.
It leads to the discussion and in developing a greater sense of empathy, that is, active listening and comprehension/sharing of the emotions of others.
If listening to the views of others about art helps relationships and empathy, personal reflection about a work of art leads to much more: it puts us in the place of the artist, it makes us wonder about their creative process, it makes us ask seemingly abstract questions.
In short, it helps in cognitive growth, a process which is very simple in childhood but becomes much more complex in adulthood.
We can say that daily contact with works of art is a passive exercise for the mind and emotions to help you to stay forever young.
Do you still have doubts? Art is not only beauty and concept. Art is well being.