9 Science Reasons to Pick Up Your Crayons

Adult coloring books-Think coloring books are for children? Think again. Adult coloring books are a great way for grown-ups to express their inner artist and relieve stress.

Color may reduce pain and anxiety-A 2018 study, published in the journal The Arts in Psychotherapy,reviewed the experiences of 200 people hospitalized for a medical issue or surgery.

Coloring calms down the busiest of minds-Thanks to its basic, repetitive motions, coloring engages parts of the cerebral cortex while relaxing the amygdala, the brain’s fear center.

Coloring can get rid of the dark circles under your eyes-By swapping your cellphone or laptop for a coloring book before bed, you’ll avoid exposing yourself to the sleep.

Coloring lets you nurture your inner artist-Undo that psychic damage. Using a coloring book—especially one with intricately crafted designs—is like having a wonderful artist enlist you as a partner.

Coloring may inspire you to invent the next Swiffer or Spanx-Grown-ups have relatively few 
opportunities for open-ended, unstructured play (Candy Crush doesn’t count).

Coloring can make you a work superstar-According to a 2019 study published in Frontiers of Neural Circuits, having a creative mind and expressing yourself is one of the keys to achieve success.

Coloring provide sweet relief to a brain taxed by too many choices-Go to perform a seemingly simple task like,say buying Greek yogurt and you might find yourself stressed out in a grocery store aisle.

Coloring can add meaning to life and make you feel like a kid again-No, coloring is not some kind of black magic, but it can invoke that most magical of everyday feelings: Nostalgia. 

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