Art improves overall mental health

Thinking of getting back into painting, playing guitar or writing? A healthier mind is another incentive to return to your neglected hobby.

Engaging in the arts for therapeutic reasons is often recommended by professionals, but spending at least two hours a week doing so of your own accord, and for your own enjoyment, will also contribute to positive mental health, a new study finds.

Researchers from the University of Western Australia quantified the relationship between recreational arts engagement and the general population and found that those who spent 100 hours or more per year (i.e. two or more hours a week) on arts-related activities reported significantly better mental well-being.

From writing to attending a concert performance, engaging in arts will contribute to positive mental health.

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