Is coloring beneficial to emotional health? We can't say for sure, but we do know how we feel after we participate in any hands-on project, especially if we do it with others. We are satisfied, calmer and refreshed. Our worries disappear for a while. We have seen it in our Connect and Color™ events time and time again. This is why we LOVE what we do!
We geek out researching the emotional benefits of coloring because we feel so strongly about it. We will keep updating this list, but the most recent video we found excited us so much we turned it into a little infographic! We also hope you enjoy the video link from Dr. Kelly Lambert as much as we did. Her work is phenomenal!
Enjoy and keep coloring and connecting! Your brain will thank you!
"Doctors used to prescribe knitting to women one hundred years ago who were dealing with anxiety. They didn't know why, but it calmed their nerves." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOJL3gjc8ak
-Dr. Kelly Lambert
“Adult coloring requires modest attention focused outside of self-awareness. It’s a simple activity that takes us outside ourselves in the same way, cutting the lawn, knitting or taking a Sunday drive can all be relaxing.”
-Scott M. Bea, PsyD
"Creative thinking is a vital life skill which enables us to imagine, innovate and respond to unexpected or changing situations. Over the last few months, we have all had to get creative in the way we work, teach and learn, in light of the global pandemic. Now more than ever, we can see the importance of encouraging our students’ creative thinking."
"Coloring has the ability to relax the fear center of your brain, the amygdala. It induces the same state as meditating by reducing the thoughts of a restless mind. This generates mindfulness and quietness, which allows your mind to get some rest after a long day at work."