How Drawing Affects Your Brain



Human beings are creative machines. Creation is an ongoing process that defines us both biologically and psychologically. Our brain has built in tools that allow each of us to adapt, alter, and control our environments in a way that secures the perception of survival. Unfortunately, our society has given a very confining definition to what constitutes an act of 'creation’.


This brief post would give you some food for thought. As you read, it is vital to remember that your brain LIKES to create. It is in your DNA, it is in your cells, it is in your sub-atomic structure. YOU are a creative being.


Now, here is a question: Do you like to draw? I didn't ask if you were an artist, if you were any good at it, or if you could draw a straight line. I just asked if you liked to draw?


Why?

The act of drawing affects your brain in a way like nothing can. Check out these benefits that drawing has on your brain:


  1. Improves hand-eye coordination

  2. It can actually add synapses to your neurotransmitters. This means that memories and experiences stored in your brain can become stronger, more vivid, and easier to access.

  3. Drawing increases many of the cognitive functions that researches typically label as the 'creative' and 'right brained' activities.

  4. Intuition increases.

  5. Produces positive brain chemistry like Serotonin, Endorphins, Dopamine, and Norepinephrine.

  6. Your brain stem can actually get thicker.

  7. Your awareness of your surroundings can get sharper.

  8. Your memory can improve.

  9. It produces an overall state of alertness that all of your other brain functions can use for improvement.


Brains are mysterious. These results are studied all over the world. But I submit that 'drawing' is the purest form of creation that can produce deliberately. We are literally taking our brain's machine and creating something 'outside' of ourselves as an interpretation of something inside of ourselves.


Drawing affects the brain in a way that music, reading, sports, singing, or nearly any other activity can induce.
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