Simple ideas and a bit of inspiration

EDITOR:

Did you know that engaging in small daily acts of creativity leads to a sense of well-being? It’s more than a random feel good moment and it’s actually a positive emotion of well-being!

Researchers from the University of Otago, New Zealand have found that people report being happy and energized when they are engaged with creative activities. A lead researcher, Tamlin Conner says, “We can add creativity to the list of ‘actionable things’ people can do to take charge of their well-being.”

This quest for happiness – Quality of Life, Life-long-learning, Self-Development, whatever we choose to call it, is already built into the art center’s mission. It is our pledge to you: “To foster and grow an interest in the arts” and “To incorporate art into our daily lives.” That means whenever you check us out at www.bonifasarts.org, you will find new exhibits, classes, performing arts events — a multitude of new ways to stimulate your brain, to engage you, and to nurture your well-being.

And, brace yourself for more good news – it’s for everybody! Analyses found that the benefits in engaging in creativity were similar across all personality types. That means that we can all benefit, and we all should. No matter our background, experiences, age, personality, social standing &/or income, we can all benefit from regular creative activity and we should all be familiar with our community arts center. Just like your public library, frequent the Bonifas Arts Center for your inspiration and a dose of good medicine

If that’s not enough for you to add this to your ‘to-do’ list, consider what the researchers say, “Doing creative things today predicts improvements in well-being tomorrow.”

So we ask you to remember that being in a positive mood goes hand-in-hand with creative thinking and that the Bonifas Arts Center offers a wide range of options.

Whether you choose to view a gallery exhibit, engage in a class, or observe as a member of the audience, you can add a sense of purpose, engagement and connection in your life by visiting the Bonifas Arts Center. So come on down to the Bonifas and get started on your actionable things to-do list now. It’s good for the soul. It’s good to grow.

Simple ideas and a bit of inspiration — a happy holiday gift to you and inspiration for the new year.

Information for this commentary came from articles from The Greater Good Science Center, an interdisciplinary research center devoted to the scientific understanding of individual happiness, compassion, strong social bonding, and altruistic behavior.

Get your daily dose of inspiration from https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/topic/happiness. I do.

Pasqua Warstler

Executive and Gallery Director

Bonifas Art Center