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10 Reasons Why People Who Like Drawing Are More Likely To Be Successful

10 Reasons Why People Who Like Drawing Are More Likely To Be Successful

Drawing dates back to pre-historic era when it was the only form of communication between humans. Hence, it is through drawings that we study our history. These drawings have been found everywhere. From vases to walls of tombs, to walls of houses, pots, anything! And now, in the present time, this medium of drawing is more polished, more advanced and more intelligent.

We are presenting 10 beneficial factors that indicate why people who like drawing are more likely to be successful.

1. They have active brain cells

Now when I say drawing is intelligent, I literally mean intelligent. It is not only an art that certain talented people, named artists, do, but studies have found the impact drawing has in one’s brain. The right hemisphere of our brain is responsible for creativity and imagination. While the left hemisphere is involved in logical task. Now, as you draw, 80% of your right hemisphere gets activated. Therefore, when we are drawing, not only do both our hemispheres work simultaneously but develop its capacity as well.

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2. They have sharp memory.

Did you know that drawing and art are used in therapies as well? Dr. Arnold Bresky, a physician, has created a program, “Brain Tune Up“, where he uses art as a therapy for Alzheimer and dementia patients. And the result has been amazingly successful with 70% improvement in his patients’ memories. He believes that drawing and painting helps growing new brain cells. This is not only applicable to patients but in a normal person, drawing actually adds synapses to the brain’s transmitters. This means that the memories and experiences reserved in your brain are stronger, more striking, and more accessible.

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    3. They are more observant and can concentrate better.

    Artists need all the concentration in the world while they are drawing. And this helps into building concentration power, making them focus totally on one thing only.

    As Leonardo da Vinci once said,

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    “Painting embraces all the ten functions of the eyes, that is to say, darkness, light, body and color, shape and location, distance and closeness, motion and rest.”

    Through such concentration, you can “see” details around you, your surroundings, your environment.

    4. They can communicate finer.

    Through drawing you can express various emotions, train of thoughts, and collective feelings. Drawing expands the option of an assorted communication field. Through drawing you can express what you feel, what you want, your perception, etc. Shy people, or people with verbal disabilities find drawing a better communication to enunciate with others.

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    5. They can release depression through drawing.

    Drawing is an art with a healing power. As I have mentioned before drawing has been used as a therapy to patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s, it can also be used as a therapy for depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. Because drawing produces positive brain chemistry like Serotonin, Endorphins, Dopamine, and Norepinephrine.

    6. They have strong motor skills.

    Parents introduce children to drawing at a very tender age, even before they can hold pencils properly. That is why researchers believe that children develop stronger motor skills because manipulating and gripping of the different devices like pencils, charcoals or brushes with the hands go impeccably with this median. The working capacity improves, therefore, for the adults, their motor skills increases a lot!

    7. They have improved self-esteem.

    How does drawing boost your confidence? Say, your child drew a piece of art, however gibberish it is, you will still put it up on your fridge, or attach it to the wall in your child’s room. This lifts up the self-esteem. It encourages to draw more, and thus, gradually improve. The same applies to adults as well. If you draw something and you like it, you will definitely hang the art on the wall. This gives out satisfaction that stimulates you to move forward.

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    8. They can easily reduce their stress through drawing.

    You are thoroughly stressed out at the office. And the next thing you know is you are drawing something on a piece of paper. Does this help? Of course it does! I know a mum of two toddlers who paints whenever her children are sleeping, even if it is only for a short time. Painting, sculpting, drawing, these are relaxing and fruitful distractions from your everyday hectic chores.

    9. They can express themselves in a unique manner.

    An important benefit of drawing is to express oneself in a unique manner. Sketching out your thoughts and ideas, or oozing out your imagination on paper can make you explore yourself into a deeper trance. When you are painting a portrait, the colors you choose express your feelings for that person. Or even when you are composing a landscape, the exaggeration of colors indicate your emotions, your take on the world. It is something truly beautiful!

    10. They can have FUN!

    This goes without saying. Drawing is fun regardless of you being an adult or a child. Especially when you are in company. Painting builds a bridge towards a stronger friendship. It is a way of unwinding yourself in the company of others. Imagine you and your gang of friends, spending a lazy weekend afternoon at a park, painting and sharing jokes, laughing away to your heart’s content! Absolutely picture perfect!

    You don’t have to be Van Gogh or Pablo Picasso. All you need is a paper, a pencil, colors and some brushes. Go and draw something, unwrap yourself, stimulate your brain cells and boost your energy! Have fun!

    Featured photo credit: monika strataki via flickr.com

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    Last Updated on September 20, 2018

    8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

    8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

    You go to the gym to train your muscles. You run outside or go for hikes to train your endurance. Or, maybe you do neither of those, but still wish you exercised more.

    Well, here is how to train one of the most important parts of your body: your brain.

    When you train your brain, you will:

    • Avoid embarrassing situations. You remember his face, but what was his name?
    • Be a faster learner in all sorts of different skills. No problem for you to pick up a new language or new management skill.
    • Avoid diseases that hit as you get older. Alzheimer’s will not be affecting you.

    So how to train your brain and improve your cognitive skills?

    1. Work your memory

    Twyla Tharp, a NYC-based renowned choreographer has come up with the following memory workout:

    When she watches one of her performances, she tries to remember the first twelve to fourteen corrections she wants to discuss with her cast without writing them down.

    If you think this is anything less than a feat, then think again. In her book The Creative Habit she says that most people cannot remember more than three.

    The practice of both remembering events or things and then discussing them with others has actually been supported by brain fitness studies.

    Memory activities that engage all levels of brain operation—receiving, remembering and thinking—help to improve the function of the brain.

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    Now, you may not have dancers to correct, but you may be required to give feedback on a presentation, or your friends may ask you what interesting things you saw at the museum. These are great opportunities to practically train your brain by flexing your memory muscles.

    What is the simplest way to help yourself remember what you see? Repetition.

    For example, say you just met someone new:

    “Hi, my name is George”

    Don’t just respond with, “Nice to meet you”. Instead, say, “Nice to meet you George.”

    Got it? Good.

    2. Do something different repeatedly

    By actually doing something new over and over again, your brain wires new pathways that help you do this new thing better and faster.

    Think back to when you were three years old. You surely were strong enough to hold a knife and a fork just fine. Yet, when you were eating all by yourself, you were creating a mess.

    It was not a matter of strength, you see. It was a matter of cultivating more and better neural pathways that would help you eat by yourself just like an adult does.

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    And guess what? With enough repetition you made that happen!

    But how does this apply to your life right now?

    Say you are a procrastinator. The more you don’t procrastinate, the more you teach your brain not to wait for the last minute to make things happen.

    Now, you might be thinking “Duh, if only not procrastinating could be that easy!”

    Well, it can be. By doing something really small, that you wouldn’t normally do, but is in the direction of getting that task done, you will start creating those new precious neural pathways.

    So if you have been postponing organizing your desk, just take one paper and put in its right place. Or, you can go even smaller. Look at one piece of paper and decide where to put it: Trash? Right cabinet? Another room? Give it to someone?

    You don’t actually need to clean up that paper; you only need to decide what you need to do with it.

    That’s how small you can start. And yet, those neural pathways are still being built. Gradually, you will transform yourself from a procrastinator to an in-the-moment action taker.

    3. Learn something new

    It might sound obvious, but the more you use your brain, the better its going to perform for you.

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    For example, learning a new instrument improves your skill of translating something you see (sheet music) to something you actually do (playing the instrument).

    Learning a new language exposes your brain to a different way of thinking, a different way of expressing yourself.

    You can even literally take it a step further, and learn how to dance. Studies indicate that learning to dance helps seniors avoid Alzheimer’s. Not bad, huh?

    4. Follow a brain training program

    The Internet world can help you improve your brain function while lazily sitting on your couch. A clinically proven program like BrainHQ can help you improve your memory, or think faster, by just following their brain training exercises.

    5. Work your body

    You knew this one was coming didn’t you? Yes indeed, exercise does not just work your body; it also improves the fitness of your brain.

    Even briefly exercising for 20 minutes facilitates information processing and memory functions. But it’s not just that–exercise actually helps your brain create those new neural connections faster. You will learn faster, your alertness level will increase, and you get all that by moving your body.

    Now, if you are not already a regular exerciser, and already feel guilty that you are not helping your brain by exercising more, try a brain training exercise program like Exercise Bliss.

    Remember, just like we discussed in #2, by training your brain to do something new repeatedly, you are actually changing yourself permanently.

    6. Spend time with your loved ones

    If you want optimal cognitive abilities, then you’ve got to have meaningful relationships in your life.  Talking with others and engaging with your loved ones helps you think more clearly, and it can also lift your mood.

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    If you are an extrovert, this holds even more weight for you. At a class at Stanford University, I learned that extroverts actually use talking to other people as a way to understand and process their own thoughts.

    I remember that the teacher told us that after a personality test said she was an extrovert, she was surprised. She had always thought of herself as an introvert. But then, she realized how much talking to others helped her frame her own thoughts, so she accepted her new-found status as an extrovert.

    7. Avoid crossword puzzles

    Many of us, when we think of brain fitness, think of crossword puzzles. And it’s true–crossword puzzles do improve our fluency, yet studies show they are not enough by themselves.

    Are they fun? Yes. Do they sharpen your brain? Not really.

    Of course, if you are doing this for fun, then by all means go ahead. If you are doing it for brain fitness, then you might want to choose another activity

    8. Eat right – and make sure dark chocolate is included

    Foods like fish, fruits, and vegetables help your brain perform optimally. Yet, you might not know that dark chocolate gives your brain a good boost as well.

    When you eat chocolate, your brain produces dopamine. And dopamine helps you learn faster and remember better. Not to mention, chocolate contains flavonols, antioxidants, which also improve your brain functions.

    So next time you have something difficult to do, make sure you grab a bite or two of dark chocolate!

    The bottom line

    Now that you know how to train your brain, it’s actually time to start doing.

    Don’t just consume this content and then go on with your life as if nothing has changed. Put this knowledge into action and become smarter than ever!

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