Finding a creative outlet can come with a number of health benefits, including reducing stress and anxiety, experts say.
In a recent interview with NPR, Girija Kaimal said her research had found that making art activated a reward pathway in the brain, which is “perceived as a pleasurable experience."
That’s why Kaimal, a professor at Drexel University and a leading researcher in art therapy, said she encourages everyone to find some sort of way to express creativity.
"Anything that engages your creative mind — the ability to make connections between unrelated things and imagine new ways to communicate — is good for you," Kaimal told NPR.
She stressed the importance of not getting hung up on perfection and instead just creating something — whether it’s painting, writing or even sewing.
If you’re looking to engage with your inner artist this year, there are a number of places to take a class in metro Atlanta.
Spruill Center for the Arts
5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Atlanta.
250 Freeman St., Decatur.
Callanwolde Fine Arts Center
980 Briarcliff Road NE, Atlanta.
Johns Creek Arts Center
6290 Abbotts Bridge Road, Building 700, Johns Creek.
Paint Sip Socialize
259 Glenwood Ave SE Suite A, Atlanta.
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