In the preliminary study researchers found that individuals who participated in such artistic activities and events either in an active or receptive role at least 2 hours per week (100 hours annually) reported better mental well-being than those who were less engaged in humanities and the arts.
"Depending on a person's interests, the arts can provide a range of health enhancing opportunities, activities and events. Arts engagement increases happiness, confidence, self-esteem and reduces stress and social isolation."
"People need to give themselves permission to be creative and to make time for the arts activities and events that they enjoy."
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