According to a new study, doodling, drawing, and coloring activate the “reward centers” in your brain. Translation: These artistic activities make you feel good! In the study, participants either doodled on a page, colored in a mandala, or did free drawing, all while wearing headbands that measured blood flow in the prefrontal cortex, the area that contains some of the “wiring” for the brain’s reward circuits. For non-artists and artists alike, blood flow increased during all three art-related activities, indicating that their reward centers likely were activated. Keep some paper and pencils handy at home, at work, and in your purse. Instead of checking social media take doodle breaks.
“For me, the joy of doing it is doodling when I want to. But if I had to do it, I’d lose the joy.” Matthew Ashford