Can Art Make You Happier?

Perhaps it seems obvious to dedicated art aficionados and collectors, but it’s true: art can actually make you a happier person. If you’re just starting your collection, you might find the art world intimidating or be skeptical of the benefits art can offer you, but science has proven that art can enhance your life. If you’re ready to invest in some wall art pieces and contemporary art paintings in Palm Beach, FL, Gallerie Y can guide you through your introduction to fine art collecting.

The science behind art and happiness

No matter what type of art you’re consuming—visual art, novels, music, dance or something else entirely—it reduces the hormone cortisol, which is responsible for stress. Art also increases dopamine, which is a neurotransmitter that causes us to feel pleasure.

In fact, a recent study showed that viewing art can lead to the same feelings as falling in love, thanks to that dopamine increase. Depending on how much you personally like the art, dopamine levels will actually increase—but if you find it ugly or disturbing, it might not increase your dopamine levels at all.

Incidentally, creating art has a similar effect—doctors and scientists have found that there’s a positive correlation between creating art and positivity.

Choosing art for your home

Choosing art for your home is more than just what makes you feel happiest, however. Depending on which room you’re looking to decorate, you’ll probably want to evoke different looks and moods.

For example, if you’re looking for a bedroom piece, you may want it to be soothing. Look for a piece that can go above or opposite the bed. Some experts recommend abstract pieces, while others think landscapes are a better choice.

Bathrooms are also great places for art—try fun, bright and funky pieces for guest bathrooms, while reserving more calming art for the master bath. Similarly, your kitchen is often a gathering place (how many times have you hosted a party where everyone ended up in the kitchen?), so you’ll want conversation pieces to hang there.

The living room is for your showpieces—the ones that generate conversation, evoke strong emotions and set the tone for the entire space. Consider three-dimensional art to really take your space up a notch.

Whatever you choose, the team at Gallerie Y would be happy to help.

Get wall art pieces in Palm Beach, FL

It’s time to find the piece that will make you and your home happier. Gallerie Y is proud to host some of the contemporary art world’s most cutting-edge pieces, sourced from both local and internationally-renowned artists. Our gallery is open by appointment only, allowing us to show you each individual piece and give you insight into how it was created as well as the artist and their intent. We are located on historic Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, a hub for the up-and-coming Florida art scene. Call today to make an appointment to see our showroom. We look forward to welcoming you into our space!

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