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The Mental Benefits of Art in Improving Intelligence

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Student makes a painting in a vocational school, an art form that has mental benefits
Here are the ways by which art can improve a person's intelligence.
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The exposure of students to art can greatly affect some aspects of their learning. In fact, creating art is a fine method for children to solve problems and make choices, and any child deserve the right to getting an art education.

Art is known to be effective when it comes to improving a person's cognitive skills and intelligence. According to Pick the Brain, it offers several intrinsic and extrinsic benefits to the development of a child which includes his creativity, imagination, as well as a chance to experience beauty and joy.

While art is a very effective way to stimulate the brain, here are the many useful benefits of art and the reasons why it is helpful for the mental health.

Art is food for the brain

Even the slightest exposure to art can make a person smart, because it can bring in cognitive benefits. It is through exposure to art that a person can begin to think critically. It requires careful decision making, and that increases a person's intelligence.

Creating art can relieve stress

Rewarding hobbies like painting, drawing and photography can reduce a person's stress levels and can help clear your mind, according to Be Brain Fit. This is because art can make you escape from your usual thoughts and giving you a good distraction. This process helps your mind to keep focused while setting aside all of your worries. It even acts like a form of meditation because you tend to focus on the details while paying attention to the environment.

Art encourages creative thinking

Dr. Lawrence Katz, an internationally recognized pioneer in neuron regeneration research and author of Keep Your Brain Alive: 83 Neurobic Exercises to Help Prevent Memory Loss and Increase Mental Fitness, found that creating art can enhance problem solving skills and creative thinking. It encourages you to come up with your own solutions by thinking out of the box.

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