How does participating in creative processes effect our emotional health?  

I am interested in exploring this question because it is something that I experience everyday. I have often thought about how our actions effect how we feel and I am excited to learn about how creativity impactsour emotions. I have some previous knowledge on this topic. I know that art can influence you at any time whether it is planned or impromptu. Creating art can be a way to communicate an idea or message. Lastly, I know that art can be a way to express yourself. In my preliminary research I discovered that music has many positive effects on cancer patients. Making music has been proven to alleviate anxiety before surgery. Participating in choirs can be a place where people dealing with illness can experience a community Singing can increase blood flow to their brain and increase mental health.In, “The Connection Between Art, Healing, and Public Health: A Review of Current Literature” by Heather L. Stuckey, DEdand Jeremy Nobel, MD, it is stated that “Engagement with creative activities has the potential to contribute toward reducing stress and depression and can serve as a vehicle for alleviating the burden of chronic disease.” I am excited to see what else I will learn about this topic.

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Hi Etta! 

Wow your inquiry topic sounds super interesting! I'm excited to learn more about your topic. As you've mentioned, actions that we take evidently affect how we feel. However, the creativity impact on such is a fascinating aspect to take on. I enjoyed how you listed all the reasons why you are interested in this topic. You had connected all the information that you’ve known and took that in discovering what you don’t know. When you did that, you also gave me a better background perspective. Your thought processes were also extremely organized, and it was easy to follow along. Good job! From what we know, creative processes do affect our emotional health. It helps relieve stress. I remember reading an article that talked about how creative activities impact the body in a way similar to meditation. Apparently, it is basically yoga for your brain. I found this to be a super interesting point of view. If you are interested in learning about more, I’ve went online and attached a website below (the first one) that talked about it. When doing this, I suggest you also look into the hormones and how our body reacts to such creative processes. I also found out that we are more creative at night thanks to our circadian rhythms. The second article below really explains in depth about what’s happening in our brain, and we are found to be more creative at night. 

Here are some websites you can use for your next round: 

https://www.cnn.com/2015/04/09...zing-delay-dementia/  

https://creativesomething.net/...-at-night-and-how-to  

https://greatist.com/happiness...ity-makes-us-happier  

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2804629/  

 

Good luck, and I can’t wait until your next post. 

-Alison

Hey Etta, 

Great inquiry topic! It never occurred to me that art class could effect emotional health, and I'm glad you are taking on this question because it is quite compelling. Personally, I have been attending painting class since I was 7 and it was an activity I always enjoyed. Whether I had a bad week or a good week, as soon as I started painting everything would go away, the stress, anxiety. Perhaps you could specifically look into how each different type of creative process effect people. Does playing the piano and drawing a dog have the same effect on the person? or Does everyone feel a sense of calmness while taking part in a creative activity? Here is a link that may be helpful. 

https://www.wcmt.org.uk/sites/...ed-reports/738_1.pdf

 Hi Etta! 

 This is a great topic. I think being involved with creative processes has had a very positive impact on my mental well-being, so I can see where you're coming from. 

 I'm curious as to the process that occurs in the brain when people participate in creative activities. I've heard some information about it, but it would be really cool to get the full picture. 

 This article may help you: https://www.health.harvard.edu...healing-power-of-art

 Good luck with your research! 

Hey Etta,

I like where you are planning on going with this research! I, too, have always wondered whether music and the arts genuinely have an impact on us and our emotions or if we just make ourselves believe they do. 

I remember reading an article sometime a while back that said something along the lines of that music can help to increase productivity in the workplace. Perhaps you could look into if there's truth behind that?

Here are a few sites that you may be able to use in your research:
https://www.princeton.edu/~art...0%20-%20Guetzkow.pdf
https://www.iep.utm.edu/art-emot/

Good luck, I look forward to reading what you findJoanna

Hi Etta

This is such a cool topic!  There are so many interesting studies with really cool results.  So i'm really interested to see what kinds of different things you find.

https://musicandmemory.org/mus...es/current-research/

That link takes you to a charity that uses music to help patients with dementia and Alzheimer's.  I personally have experience with someone in my family that suffers from early-onset Alzheimer's, and she was an artist and this really made me wonder if this study could help.   I think looking into the effects the music part of the arts has on memory and moods would be really interesting to look into.

here are a few more links looking into the relationship between dementia and memory.

https://www.ajgponline.org/

https://www.psychologytoday.co...-health-and-wellness

Hey Etta!

I absolutely love your topic! I defiantly agree with you on how performing in a choir or other art forms can create a sense of community, some of the strongest bonds I've made during difficult times have been within an artistic community. I had no idea that music can impact cancer patients and I think that is amazing! It's mind blowing to me how much of a connection there is between art, health and medicine.

I found this story on a girl who sang her way through a brain surgery to keep her musically ability https://www.dailymail.co.uk/he...-musical-talent.html

As well as an article on how studying art can help medical students become better doctors 

https://www.forbes.com/sites/r...octors/#7afc7eac4cdb

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