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4 reasons to start painting your first masterpiece

Painting is a fantastic way to improve your mental health, confidence, and motor skills. But more than that, it’s also super fun! Instead of spending another day streaming Netflix, paint instead. You get to express yourself in colors and strokes while curing your boredom. If you are not familiar with painting or art in general, custom paint by numbers is a great way to get started. From simple landscapes to more complex portraits, there’s a plethora of paint by numbers for you to choose from that matches your style. You can also create your own paint by number for a truly memorable first masterpiece!

Improves memory and concentration
Creative activities such as painting stimulate and sharpen the mind. In fact, it is commonly used in patients with dementia and Alzheimer's disease as therapy. It does not only improve their memory. It also aids in alleviating other mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. Painting produces this same effect for everyone. Whether you have a mental issue or not, the benefits of painting encompass all!
When you’re painting, your brain releases dopamine, the neurotransmitter that boosts focus and concentration. That’s why you get so in the zone in painting. You focus on the task at hand and on your next steps… visualizing each step. It’s like meditation.

Improves motor skill
Through painting, children can develop their motor skills and hand-eye coordination, while seniors can heal their physical ailments and sharpen their motor skills. Painting can help increase the dexterity of the hands. Using a paintbrush while practicing certain painting techniques can help bolster both fine and gross motor skills. Using small instruments aid in the development of one’s fine motor skills, while working over large spaces can help with gross motor skills.

Hand-eye coordination can also be further developed when painting because you need to ensure that what you are seeing is what your hands are doing, especially when you’re following a model.

Painting also increases blood flow in your hands. Those with arthritis benefit from painting by being able to control their general symptoms, which are usually swelling and pain.

Improved self-confidence
Self-confidence can be strengthened through painting. Gaining physical and mental skills can help a person’s self-esteem through self-reflection. The praise they might receive from art teachers and admirers can further elevate their mood and skills. This can turn into a cycle of positivity for the painter.

Individuality and self-esteem generally go hand-in-hand, and once a person creates their own form of expression, their self-esteem develops from that growth. From people who come from strained memories of the trauma to the elderly struggling with age, painting help boost anyone’s confidence. It is proven to be therapeutic for those with or without struggles.

Make Someone Happy
Painting is also a very uplifting hobby. When you paint, you reach a sort of zen state, a cathartic peace inside yourself. If you feel upset, this can help you relax and bring you to a happier, brighter place. You can also make someone else happy when you paint. According to studies, viewing art makes people happy. They get the same feeling as falling in love. You can also give paintings as an original gift to others. Handmade gifts are generally received as more thoughtful and heartfelt than store-bought ones. When you give someone a painting you created yourself, you are essentially sharing a piece of yourself with them!

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