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:
Learning artistic skills fosters confidence, enjoyment, and problem solving. Drawing, dancing, woodworking, and other art forms give people a way to express and process feelings that are tough to put into words… from grief and pain to profound happiness. Engaging in art is also an excellent way to practice mindfulness; when you’re playing guitar, writing a poem, or crafting a quilt, your focus can’t help but be right there, in the moment. Artistic expression also promotes connection; participating in a community play or creating a hand-made wooden whistle as a gift, for example.
Healthy, happy, creative employees are good for business. Help your population flourish by integrating the arts into your work environment:
Art, in all its forms, is an indelible expression of the human experience. Weaving it into the fabric of work culture is an important way to lift employees’ spirits, foster well-being, and make your organization itself feel a little more connected and human.
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