How we’re responding as our vaccination rates rise.
As the calendar turns to spring, many people are looking forward to sunnier skies. Between cold, snowy days, political turmoil, and concerns about the coronavirus, it was a long winter indeed. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the pandemic in particular has had a major impact on all of our lives. It has increased stress and anxiety resulting in reduced overall well-being.
If you are looking for a few ways to boost your mood, we have some ideas for you to explore. Each is based on research that shows creativity can spark joy and lift the spirit.
Finding Joy During Challenging Times
Researchers call it positive affect or PA. It’s the feeling that comes when you look and feel happier. Studies show people experience higher levels of PA on days following greater creative engagement.
Fortunately, you don’t have to be Monet or Beethoven to reap the benefits associated with engaging in the arts. It’s the very act of creating that seems to trigger happiness.
If you aren’t someone who regularly explores your creative side or if you are looking for new ways to spark joy, we have a few suggestions for you to try:
Live With Purpose™ at Sunrise
At Sunrise, we know how important it is for residents to have daily opportunities to engage in the arts. You’ll find activities that range from gardening to painting. Learn more about our Live With™ Purpose programs and how we make every day a creative adventure at Sunrise!