Everyone wants ‘the good life,’ whatever that means. It seems like everything nowadays is about attaining the best life possible, the best body ever, the most satisfaction with your life ever. How much more satisfied we are is not likely packaged up as neatly as everyone wants to suggest. The humanities are one way people seek out well-being through great works of literature, art, religion, and philosophy. Visual art forms such as paintings can play an important role in fostering well-being, even shifting your perspective on life as it is right now.
Art Shifts Everyone
Art is not just about shaping and shifting experience for people who experience it, but if you are an artist yourself or dabble in creative expression, it can also shift how you see yourself. Self-transcendence is available to you if you practice artistic expression and seek to deepen your life experiences. This helps broaden your perspective beyond yourself and the daily experience of life, while also bringing new clarity to the present moment.
Positive Moods and Emotions
Mood repair mediated by positive emotion is more effective than pathways that employ venting or distraction. Rumination can extend the duration of negative emotion and helps move people forward and grow in the face of challenges. When positive emotions such as joy and self-transcendence exist while creating art, the individual’s perspective changes. More positive emotions are experienced. Listening to music, for instance, can have enchanting powers which lift people up and increase their positive moods. It can also diminish negative emotions and leave a person feeling energized.
Art Enhances Life
Art itself has intrinsic powers to increase the ability to understand the true meaning of life, experiences, and positive emotion. The broader perspective of an artist or writer may also help broaden your own perspective. Philosophically, you might reflect on your life from multiple perspectives and start to create subtle changes in the way you approach life. Whether or not you were looking to shift perspective is not the question but whether or not you are ready to experience the shift for yourself. There are many ways to experience this shift, but it takes a willingness to dive in and experience art for yourself to see just how powerful it can be to figure out what it will offer now and in the future. You might just be surprised by the power of art to heal, build bridges, and transform your life if given a chance.
Oceanfront believes that every person has the power to transform their perspective with just a little help from some friends. Here at Oceanfront, we are committed to helping you look at addiction with a new lens and seek recovery as the new pathway to hope and healing. Our programs and services are designed with you in mind, to help you grow and shift your perspective. Call us to find out how we can help you navigate the journey: 877-279-1777.