From painting, piano playing, and photography to singing, sewing, and scrapbooking, participating in the arts offers an undeniable well-being boost. Chances are many in your workplace already enjoy these outlets for self-expression or are interested in trying them. Studies confirm the benefits of participating in visual, performing, literary, and creative arts. Why not promote them as part of your well-being program?
A large body of evidence underscores the mental and physical advantages of active participation in the arts. A few highlights:
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No, it’s not the prevention of the omphalo virus. Omphaloskepsis is the contemplation of one’s navel as an aid to meditation. And while it’s a tongue-in-cheek suggestion, the larger point is that wellness professionals don’t spend enough time in quiet reflection.
Why does it matter? Because to be the best version of your professional and personal self, there’s almost nothing more beneficial than purposeful reflection and introspection. Several studies suggest everything from enhanced productivity to reduced stress and improved job satisfaction. And while we all understand the benefits of meditation — a close cousin to reflection — we often put ourselves last in line for the same services we recommend to others.