How Movies, Music and Books Help Us Be Happy
This Guest Post graciously submitted by Allison Moody
Though depression is a serious medical condition and is difficult to fight, there are things that people with this diagnosis, or people who just feel depressed from time to time, can do to alleviate their pain.
Art is Not Just Some Pretty Pointless Pastime
Many people consider art just some ornament in our lives. OK, it can be entertaining, too, but they don’t see it as a necessary ingredient that can sometimes even be life-saving. I know people from different countries who stayed sane after wars in their country only thanks to books the practically devoured, while bombs and shootings roared in the background. I know people whose day becomes bright after they hear a certain song.
Uplifting our spirits and enriching our soul is just as important as earning money to feed our bodies.
Wisdom in the Eternal Words of Art
Whenever bad mood takes a hold of you, resort to the comforting world of art. Don’t be lazy to put on some soothing music, read some poetry, watch the latest movie by your favorite director, or even go to theater or an art exhibition. Here’s what art can do for us:
1) From all art forms, music has the most immediate effect on us. It’s considered the most abstract, too. Whether you like to listen to rock’ n’ roll, classical, blues or hip hop, the music communicates with our body on an emotional level. It’s a passionate conversation that liberates us.
You can dance to music, sing along, or just close your eyes and let it fall over you.
2) Literature educates, entertains, makes us think, teaches us about life and the nature of humankind. Nothing like a good book that really talks to us can point us in the right direction, when we need guidance.
When we’re down, curling up with a good book is a very good way to empower oneself and return to life with a feeling of being wiser.
3) Visual arts talk to us differently from books and songs. Paintings can soothe us, help us come to terms with some problem in our lives, or they can inspire us to start creating work of art ourselves.
Movies are usually a more literal form of art, where much is explained directly through dialogue, people’s facial expression, music in the background, etc. Good movies, of course, let us think and wonder about them, and give us an insight into our own soul.
These “hobbies”, as some call them, are much more powerful than we are aware. Quality and inspirational works of art have to move us one way or another. They have to change us. They also have a great way of distracting us from our own worries and show us a broader picture of the situation.
To summarize, I think books, movies and music are amazing mood boosters. Need a problem solver? Need a shoulder to cry on? Have a song, or a book. It’s better than almost any shoulder I know.
How about you?
Allison Moody is the happiest when reading, writing, painting or dancing. Her work currently consists of promoting her online application, Labeley–a free tool for designing beverage labels.