If passing by a nice painting, listening to good music, or reading interesting literature leaves you in a good mood, there is a good chance that you are artistic yourself. It is never too early or too late to channel your inner artist and create a piece of art or take piano lessons. It might not look or sound like a professional’s work, but it is definitely a start. Here are a few reasons why unleashing your creative side is good for you.
It Boosts Your Self-esteem
It always feels better to create than use. Not many are aware of it, but creating art increases your dopamine levels, making you happy. This is why many artists possess that carefree and happy disposition. Knowing that other people appreciate your work makes you feel fulfilled and inspired to create a new work masterpiece. If you haven’t yet, go ahead and post your music or work of art online or share them with friends, you might be surprised by how good it is.
It Promotes Critical Thinking
Whether it is playing a musical instrument or sketching, being artistically inclined actually improves critical thinking. This is because it allows you to look at different angles and develop various solutions to a problem. Creativity can help spark new ways and ideas in overcoming a hurdle or taking on a task. Studies show a correlation between academic success and creativity. It also helps the person relax from all the pressure of academics or work.
It Promotes Patience and Discipline
Learning how to play a musical instrument is not a walk in the park. It can take some time to finally play the guitar or piano effortlessly, allowing you to practice patience and discipline. You need to dedicate a few hours a week to lessons and keep practicing in between. It’s important not to lose focus and keep learning and playing various instruments to get better at what you do.
Not everyone can say that they are happy working or studying. But creativity gives you a sense of fulfillment, and it is actually fun playing music or expressing yourself through drawing or painting. This what makes it a great way to alleviate stress. You won’t even realize you have spent hours finishing a piece of art or playing your favorite song.
What better way to improve your social circle than be friends with people with the same interests? Joining a band or musical group will gain you new friends to learn new tips and tricks from. Collaborating with artists from different cities and cultures can help you see things (including music and art) from a different perspective, expanding your creative horizon.
With all that said, If you are still thinking about starting an artistic hobby, now is the time to decide on it and take the first steps to indulge your creative side. You might be surprised by how it can change you for the better. Finding a creative hobby can make your life more fun and worthwhile.