10 Ways Art Helps to Create Good Health

10 Ways Art Helps to Create Good Health

When you have your health, you have everything

The World Health Organization has defined good health as the complete state of physical, mental and social wellbeing, not just the absence of disease or illness.  This definition of health acknowledges that good health and wellbeing require not just physical health, but also psychological and social wellbeing, it is a definition that recognizes that body, mind and community are all essential to good health.

It stands to reason, then, that if we wish to have good health we must care for not only our bodies, but also our minds and our communities. Our wellbeing depends on our connections with others and our emotional state, along with our physical fitness.

Art positively impacts both individual and community wellbeing. Incorporating art into own daily life, into our community and into our health care systems will help us all create good health.

10 Ways Art Helps to Create Good Health

(1) Creating and viewing art increases relaxation, enjoyment and inner calm and reduces stress

(2) Art provides individuals a way to express thoughts, feeling and emotions that may be difficult or impossible to communicate

(3) Including art in healthcare settings improves the environment for patients and healthcare staff

(4) Arts improves the quality of life for those with chronic health conditions

(5) Public art creates gathering places in the community, encouraging social connections, reducing isolation and makes community spaces more live-able

(6) Incorporating art in healthcare provides opportunities for artists to develop their practice, grow professionally and contribute to the community

(7) Art is used to educate medical professionals; Analyzing art provides a new way of “seeing” and helps medical students become more skillful at diagnosing patients

(8) Creating and viewing art offers individuals opportunities for social interaction and community involvement, and connections with others is important in good health

(9) Including art in healthcare allows healthcare professionals new tools for diagnosis and improve communication with the patient

(10) Art is used to promote positive health messages and address public health issues




More Information on Art and Health

Society for the Arts in Health Care

Art For health’s Sake: Art Can Provide Healing for the Total Being

The Arts, Health and Well Being – The Arts Council of England

Art and Wellbeing in Rural OZ blog

7 thoughts on “10 Ways Art Helps to Create Good Health

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  2. I blog on healthy living and enjoyed this post very much. My focus, like yours, is on “whole health”. Your post got me to thinking about how so many of the things on your list also are on the list of ways to reduce stress – and stress is a major underlying cause of disease.

    Thank you for an interesting and informative post.

  3. Thanks for your comment. It is true that stress plays a big role in our mental and physical well-being and, as you’ve noted, can be linked to disease.

    I think art is often overlooked as an effective way to help heal or achieve well-being. Art, in various forms and formats (looking at paintings, listening to music, creating your own art) can help us to relax, express ourselves, and connect with others – all really important to good health.

    Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment, and thanks for your good work blogging on health living.

    Best, Sally

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  5. I’m impressed, I must say. Seldom do I come across a blog that’s equally educative and interesting, and let me tell you, you have hit the nail on the head. The problem is an issue that too few people are speaking intelligently about. I am very happy I came across this in my hunt for something relating to this.|

  6. Such detachment of artwork from society caused the counter-reaction from the form of the adventuresome movements. Avant-garde originated in the domain of Modernism, yet was a sort of the protesting gesture against it. Modernism, driven by the notion of the freedom of art, has significantly transformed its standards, yet it has not evolved in the critics of this institution of art itself, also, broadly speaking, did not break up with all the tradition, applying classical genre system and subjects.

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