Beauty Is a Survival Tool
Brightscapes: The Way To Beauty
Beauty Is a Survival Tool
It engages our brain with curiosity, wonder, emotions, play, experiments, relationships, and makes learning fun. Psychologically, it is a socially accepted way to express our unsatisfied desires. Biologically, beauty stimulates our immune systems, increasing Glucocortoid Receptors in the Hippocampus to protect from depression. It helps us appreciate life and find happiness. Also, seeing a lush green meadow with a myriad of flowers and puffy white clouds as beautiful isn’t just a random, pointless, subjective judgment. Our ancestors passed on those preferences to us genetically because it indicates this is a region of plentiful food and easy living. All of this adds to our longevity.
No wonder patients staying in well-designed hospitals have shorter recovery times, use less painkillers, and are more satisfied with their care. Patients with attractive landscape paintings in their rooms had lower blood pressure, slower heartbeats, and used less anesthetics than patients with no art or abstract pieces. Art has the ability to promote rest, silence, and space for “just being yourself.” Adding beauty to life can help prevent and cure our sicknesses. True beauty heals, unites, empowers, provides happiness, and educates messages to those who are sensitive enough to receive them. Perhaps because rivers in their courses offer romantic parallels to human life, people are inclined to attribute to them influences that strongly affect their lives.
How do you find happiness and comfort? Is it making cocktails after a long day? Reading a new book by your favorite author? Maybe it’s rearranging a room when a new piece is delivered. How does beauty make you feel better?
Mike Kraus was born on the industrial shoreline of Muskegon, Michigan. After earning his Fine Arts Degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, he attended Grand Valley State University for his graduate degree. From there, he gained varied experiences from the Chicago Architecture Foundation, Art Institute of Chicago, Hauenstein Center For Presidential Studies, Lollypop Farm Humane Society, and the Children’s Memorial Foundation. And every place he worked, he had his sketchbook with him and found ways to be actively creative. In 2014, Kraus became a full-time artist by establishing Mike Kraus Art. Since then, he has sold thousands of paintings that are displayed in nearly every state and dozens of countries. Currently, Kraus lives in Rochester, New York with his beautiful wife and goofy dog.
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