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12 Things Only Non-Artistic People Would Understand

12 Things Only Non-Artistic People Would Understand

In a lot of ways, non-artistic people are lucky. They might feel like they got the short end of the stick with their lack of artistic abilities, but in my opinion, they often more than make up for it in other aspects of life. Here are 12 reasons artistic souls (like me) should look in wonder at non-artistic people.

1. They understand how to enjoy something instead of obsess over it.

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    When un-artistic people like a book they read or a movie they watched, they’re just happy to have experienced something they enjoy. Unlike un-artistic people, people who are considered artistic will often try to figure out why they liked what they liked. For example, I’ll often dissect a movie to figure out what was effective and what wasn’t. Sometimes I wish I could just lie back and enjoy the art without feeling the need to break it down, but c’est la vie.

    2. They can live outside their own heads.

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      Artists are extremely self-absorbed. I can say that, because I consider myself an artist. Un-artistic people, meanwhile, know how to be productive and get things done because they don’t have their head in the clouds. That’s an enviable skill.

      3. They know how to be practical.

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        Artists oftentimes excel at the abstract, but struggle with the mundane. They may know how to paint a portrait of you, but might not know how to do their taxes. Non-artistic people should take pride in their ability to handle the stuff that seems basic, but is alien to so many artistic people.

        4. They don’t overthink things.

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          It takes forever for artists to make decisions. They go back and forth (and back and forth) before they take action, and even then, they’re still not convinced that action was the right choice. Non-artistic people often know how to make decisions and not worry as much if they made the wrong choice.

          5. They have more time on their hands.

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            It takes a long time to make art. There’s a common saying that it takes 10,000 hours to get good at something, particularly something artistic. That’s 10,000 hours that could be spent hanging with friends, going new places or just living your life. But time for stuff like that is exclusively reserved for non-artistic people.

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            6. They understand that it’s okay to indulge in junk entertainment every once in awhile.

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              Artistic people think that they need to only enjoy high-brow art. Non-artistic people are under no such misconception. Sure, Transformers isn’t going to win any Academy Awards, but the first one is a helluva lot of fun, so it’s better if you’re able to appreciate it for what it is.

              7. They don’t need to express themselves.

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                Not expressing yourself sounds like a bad thing, but it doesn’t have to be. A lot of non-artistic people don’t feel the need to express themselves through art because they’re happy with who they are. The sad truth is that artistic people are often less happy with themselves and the world around them, and they try to express their feelings with their art. Non-artistic people are free of that burden.

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                8. They understand that there are things more important than art.

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                  Sure, art can be good. Great, even. But non-artistic people understand that there are things that matter more. Whereas artists might be recluses only concerned with making their art, the non-artistic understand the importance of things like spending time with friends and family.

                  9. They know the meaning of a real day’s work.

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                    Making art is work—there’s no question about it. But it’s an odd type of work that doesn’t leave you as satisfied as you might be when you clock out of your work shift. Sometimes a construction worker feels more fulfilled than an artist, and oftentimes, they get paid more for their time and effort.

                    10. They’re usually better socially.

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                      I’m being honest with myself when I say this: a lot of artists are awkward. They’re more concerned with making something than with relating and connecting to other human beings. Non-artistic people are more likely to cultivate meaningful, life-changing relationships than a lot of artists.

                      11. They just remember instead of reflect.

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                        Image by Fabiana Zonca via Flickr.

                        Artistic people are likely to focus too much on the past. They get caught in a rut in which they’re constantly trying to figure out what things meant, when they should really just focus on the present and the future. Non-artistic people are less likely to make that mistake, remembering the things that happened to them but not over analyzing them to death.

                        12. They’re better at letting things go.

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                          Artistic people are prone to hold onto feelings like anger and grief and sadness. They think they need those negative emotions to fuel their art. Non-artistic don’t have harmful thoughts like that. That’s just another reason so-called “artists” should, at times, be jealous of the non-artistic, and not take shame in who they are.

                          Featured photo credit: Alex Eylar via flickr.com

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                          How to Spend More Quality Time with Your Partner

                          How to Spend More Quality Time with Your Partner

                          You see your partner every single day. They are the first person you talk to in the morning and the last person you kiss goodnight.

                          But does seeing each other day in and day out equal a healthy relationship? Not necessarily.

                          Spending quality time with your partner is the best way to ensure your relationship stays healthy and strong. This means going above and beyond sitting together while you watch Netflix or going out for the occasional dinner. You deserve more from your relationship – and so does your spouse!

                          What does quality time mean? It means spending time with your spouse without interruption. It’s a chance for you to come together and talk. Communication will build emotional intimacy and trust.

                          Quality time is also about expressing love in a physical way. Not sex, necessarily (but that’s great, too!) but through hand-holding, cuddling, caressing, and tickling. Studies show that these displays of affection will boost partner satisfaction.[1]

                          So how do you spend quality time with your partner? Here are 13 relationship tips on making the most out of your time with your partner.

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                          1. Recognize the Signs

                          If you want a healthy relationship, you have to learn how to recognize the signs that you need to spend more quality time together.

                          Some telltale signs include:

                          • You’re always on your phones.
                          • You value friendships or hobbies over quality time with your spouse.
                          • You aren’t together during important events.
                          • You are arguing more often or lack connection.
                          • You don’t make plans or date nights.
                          • You’re not happy.

                          If you are experiencing any of these relationship symptoms, know that quality time together can reverse the negative effects of the signs above.

                          2. Try New Things Together

                          Have you ever wanted to learn how to play an instrument or speak another language? How about skydive or ballroom dance?

                          Instead of viewing these as solo hobbies and interests, why not involve your partner?

                          Trying new activities together builds healthy relationships because it encourages spouses to rely on one another for emotional and physical support.

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                          Shared hobbies also promote marital friendship, and the Journal of Happiness Studies found that marital satisfaction was twice as high for couples who viewed each other as best friends.[2]

                          3. Schedule in Tech-Free Time

                          Your phone is a great way to listen to music, watch videos, and keep up-to-date with friends and family. But is your phone good for your relationship?

                          Many couples phone snub, or ‘phub’, one another. Studies show that phubbing can lower relationship satisfaction and increase one’s chances of depression.[3]

                          Reduce those chances by removing distractions when spending quality time together and showing your partner they have your full attention.

                          4. Hit the Gym as a Couple

                          One way you can spend more time together as a couple is by becoming workout partners. Studies show that couples are more likely to stay with their exercise routine if they work out together.[4] Couples also work out harder than they would solo. One study found that 95 percent of couples who work out together maintained weight loss compares to the 66 percent of singles who did.[5]

                          Join a gym, do at-home couples’ workouts, try couples yoga, hit the hiking trails, or get your bikes out. No matter which way you choose to exercise, these healthy activities can promote a healthy relationship.

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                          5. Cook Meals Together

                          Pop open a bottle of wine or put some romantic music on while you get busy – in the kitchen, of course!

                          One of the best relationship tips for spending quality time together when you both have busy schedules is to cook meals together.[6]

                          Spice things up and try and prepare a four-course meal or a fancy French dish together. Not only is this a fun way to spend your time together, but it also promotes teamwork.

                          If all goes well, you’ll have a romantic date night meal at home that you prepared with your four hands. And if the food didn’t turn out the way you’d hoped, you are guaranteed to have a laugh and create new memories together.

                          6. Have a Regular Date Night

                          Couples experience a greater sense of happiness and less stress when they are spending quality time together.[7] One of the biggest relationship tips for a healthy partnership is to include a date night in your weekly routine.

                          The National Marriage Project found that having a weekly date night can make your relationship seem more exciting and helps prevent relationship boredom.[8] It also lowers the probability of divorce, improves your sex life, and increases healthy communication.

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                          Some great ideas for what to do on your date night include:

                          • Have a movie marathon – Gather up your favorite flicks and cuddle up on the couch.
                          • Play games together – Cards, board games, video games, and other creative outlets are a fun way to spend quality time together.
                          • Recreate your first date – Go back to that restaurant and order the same meal you did when you first got together. You can spice up your evening by pretending you’re strangers meeting for the first time and see how sexy the night gets.
                          • Plan a weekend getaway – There’s nothing better than traveling with the one you love.
                          • Dinner and a movie – A classic!
                          • Try a new restaurant – Make it your mission to rate and try all of the Mexican restaurants/Irish pubs/Italian trattorias in your area.
                          • Have a long sex session – Intimacy promotes the release of the oxytocin hormone which is responsible for a myriad of great feelings.[9]

                          Here’re even more date night ideas for your reference: 50 Unique and Really Fun Date Ideas for Couples

                          Final Thoughts

                          The benefits of spending quality time together are endless. Here are just some of the ways it can contribute to a healthy relationship:

                          • Improves emotional and physical intimacy
                          • Lowers divorce rates
                          • Improves communication
                          • Reduces marital boredom
                          • Bonds couples closer
                          • Improves friendship
                          • Boosts health
                          • Reduces stress

                          These are all excellent reasons to start making date night a regular part of your week.

                          It’s easy to have a healthy relationship when you set aside dedicated time to share with your spouse. Try new things together, make your spouse your workout buddy, and look for innovative ways to be close and connected.

                          These relationship tips will bring great benefits to your marriage.

                          Featured photo credit: Allen Taylor via unsplash.com

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