I love this video from The Science of Happiness because it shows real people experiencing art therapy for the first time. A registered art therapist guides us through an experiment to discover if art therapy can make you happier.

By creatively tapping into the things that make them feel happy and supported, the participants were able to boost their mood.

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. – Pablo Picasso

By engaging creatively, you can actually regulate your blood pressure and heart rate, which decreases stress and improves mood.

You don’t have to be “good at art” to benefit from art therapy

Most importantly, Julian reminds us – you don’t have to be an artist to benefit from art therapy. It’s not about the end product, but the journey of creating.

At Virginia Beach Counseling and Wellness, art therapist Lilani Reagan, uses various art techniques to help people improve their mood and reduce stress.