Bridget Watson Payne

How Art Can Make You Happy

Why is art magical? How can it make us happy? How Art Can Make You Happy offers the keys to unlocking a rich and rewarding source of joy in life. This easy, breezy handbook is full of insight that will help regular people begin a more inspiring and less stressful relationship with art. With tips on how to visit museums, how to talk about art at cocktail parties, and how to let art wake you up to the world around you, this little guide makes it possible for anyone to fall in love with art, whether for the first time or all over again.
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    Ira Kuznechar citeretfor 2 år siden
    Which is not to say that all art looks like the world, or even that all art is inspired by physical reality. Of course it doesn’t and isn’t. And we’ll get to all of that in just a moment. Nor is any of this to say that art is a utility. Feeling glum? Throw the art switch! No. That’s not how it works. One of the greatest properties of art is that it’s not for anything. It’s not there to make you feel better. Indeed, it may unsettle you, make you feel worse. But it will almost always make you feel (even if what you feel is that this particular art is not for you). And, if you let it, it will almost always make you see. And seeing is what it’s all about
    Ira Kuznechar citeretfor 2 år siden
    “You need to let the little things that would ordinarily bore you suddenly thrill you.”
    Ira Kuznechar citeretfor 2 år siden
    Yes, art is magical. Studies show that looking at art stimulates, among other things, the motor cortex, the part of your brain that controls your body’s movements. When you look at art you don’t just see it with your eyes or feel it with your brain, you also feel it with your whole body. Quite literally: Every fiber of your being—your senses, your intellect, your emotions, even your physical corpus—responds to works of art. So that right there is pretty much the first magical property of art. It zings through you like a bolt of lightning.

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