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Drive to Thrive”: Generating Calm- Scratch Art

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Prepared by UIC Sociology 490 Interns


Benefits of Scratch Art May Include…

  •  Improves Happiness: Partaking in scratch art allows the release of the dopamine hormone, known as the happy hormone. When one creates something, they feel feelings of pleasure and satisfaction.
  • Reduces Stress Levels: When making art for just 45 minutes the stress hormone, cortisol, is reduced. This occurs because our mind is both relaxed and distracted.
  • Promotes Creativity and Problem-Solving: Art stimulates the brain and prepares it for more complicated functions in the same way that learning a new language does. This activation can lead to enhancing your problem-solving abilities and your creativity in how you approach problems.
  • Boosts Self-Esteem: When the artwork is complete, cortisol levels are low, and dopamine levels are high, a sense of accomplishment is achieved. Creating something is an empowering achievement.
  • Way to Express Feelings: One’s art is unique and personal. It is a medium to express whatever feelings one may have with or without words.

To see more benefits and how to DIY your Scratch Art piece of art at home visit the link below. 

Generating Calm: Scratch Art