For years people have been touting the benefits of the arts on a person’s health and well-being, but now a study has the statistics to back it up. A study by Ontario-based Hill Strategies shows that those involved in cultural activities scored better on 85% of eight health-indicators. The study also showed that 60% of people who visited an art gallery reported good health compared to 47% of those who did not attend, and 64% of theater goers were more likely to have strong life satisfaction versus 56% among those not attending. It appears ‘many arts goers have better health, higher volunteer rates, and stronger satisfaction with life.’
I recently wrote about the power of art; and love to steal into a gallery in between appointments on my travels. Now I know arts and culture have got body and spirit covered, not just the mind.