Casey Lesser wrote an article for Artsy titled You Don’t Have to Be Good at Art to Benefit from an Artistic Hobby.

The article quotes Columbia University law professor Tim Wu, “‘Lost here is the gentle pursuit of a modest competence, the doing of something just because you enjoy it, not because you are good at it’ …. As a result, we’re missing out on the benefits that leisure activities can deliver—like making us more creative, happy, calm, and empathetic. Even more benefits emerge when it comes to hobbies that involve the arts.”

“Research studies have shown that expressing ourselves through art can help to ease a wide range of illnesses and afflictions, from anxiety and depression to dementia and cancer. More broadly, making art—be that sketching, writing poetry, dancing, or playing with clay—can make us feel happier and more relaxed, and can also help to improve our observation, motor, and problem-solving skills, as well as memory retention and hand-eye coordination.”

“In a 2016 study where Dr. Girija Kaimal and a colleague asked participants to draw freely, they found that even for those who were not confident in their skills, some low-stakes doodling quickly led to positive feelings.”

“The lack of expectations and judgement is key. By letting your mind wander freely, or in other words, letting yourself play, you can reap the positive benefits of hobbies, like enhanced creativity and mood regulation.”

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