8 Ways Art Benefits Our Everyday Lives

8 Ways Art Benefits Our Everyday Lives

How art benefits all of us.
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People usually have one of these two popular opinions about art: either it's a great thing and everyone should do some kind of art or art has no point other than a hobby and isn't worth anyone's time. Art is actually very important and beneficial for individuals as well as societies as a whole.

1. Art is therapeutic.


The recent popularity in adult coloring books is just one example of how art can be therapeutic. Anyone can use these books to wind down and relax after a hard day and see art therapy in action. Art therapy is also used for mental escapes from illnesses, treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and dyslexia.

2. Art comes in many forms.


Because art has such a wide range of forms, often people can find some kind that they enjoy. Art can be things like drawing or painting, computer art, sculpture, crafts, or photography. There are many more types, these are just a few.

3. Art teaches us about history.


You’ve probably studied art in a history or foreign language class. Historical art shows up how people looked, what was going on, and how people felt about certain situations at the time. Political cartoons show us the opinions of those who don’t approve of something, while paintings from the Renaissance show us how religious people were in that period. Cave paintings taught us how the very early humans lived. Without art we wouldn’t know as much about the history of ourselves and other groups.

4. Art gives people a different way to communicate.

People can express themselves many ways, including the way they dress, through writing, and how they present themselves on social media. Art is different because it can be so abstract or very representational when wanted. Art gives people the ability to communicate their thoughts or feelings in a way that is different from any other kind of communication.

5. Art helps us see other perspectives.


Artists often use their work to show people their own views. Being able to see different views through art helps us broaden our own perspective and understand other points of view.

6. Art can be used to make a statement.

7. Art is one of the few subjects that is hands-on.


Many school subjects can be viewed as boring by students because they are based on strictly taking notes and listening to a lecture. Art classes engage and interest the students because it is hands-on learning that lets them express themselves and gives them a break from the tedious note-taking classes.

8. Art is essential for childhood development.


Art teaches kids important things like motor skills and colors. Without letting children color and do crafts, their fine motor skills would not be developed adequately and their ability to identify colors would be less developed.

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When You Give A Girl A Dad

You give her everything
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They say that any male can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad. That dads are just the people that created the child, so to speak, but rather, dads raise their children to be the best they can be. Further, when you give a little girl a dad, you give her much more than a father; you give her the world in one man.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a rock.

Life is tough, and life is constantly changing directions and route. In a world that's never not moving, a girl needs something stable. She needs something that won't let her be alone; someone that's going to be there when life is going great, and someone who is going to be there for her when life is everything but ideal. Dads don't give up on this daughters, they never will.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a role model.

If we never had someone to look up to, we would never have someone to strive to be. When you give a little girl someone to look up to, you give her someone to be. We copy their mannerisms, we copy their habits, and we copy their work ethic. Little girls need someone to show them the world, so that they can create their own.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her the first boy she will ever love.

And I'm not really sure someone will ever be better than him either. He's the first guy to take your heart, and every person you love after him is just a comparison to his endless, unmatchable love. He shows you your worth, and he shows you what your should be treated like: a princess.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her someone to make proud.

After every softball game, soccer tournament, cheerleading competition, etc., you can find every little girl looking up to their dads for their approval. Later in life, they look to their dad with their grades, internships, and little accomplishments. Dads are the reason we try so hard to be the best we can be. Dads raised us to be the very best at whatever we chose to do, and they were there to support you through everything. They are the hardest critics, but they are always your biggest fans.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a credit card.

It's completely true. Dads are the reason we have the things we have, thank the Lord. He's the best to shop with too, since he usually remains outside the store the entire time till he is summoned in to forge the bill. All seriousness, they always give their little girls more than they give themselves, and that's something we love so much about you.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a shoulder to cry on.

When you fell down and cut yourself, your mom looked at you and told you to suck it up. But your dad, on the other hand, got down on the ground with you, and he let you cry. Then later on, when you made a mistake, or broke up with a boy, or just got sad, he was there to dry your tears and tell you everything was going to be okay, especially when you thought the world was crashing down. He will always be there to tell you everything is going to be okay, even when they don't know if everything is going to be okay. That's his job.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a lifelong best friend.

My dad was my first best friend, and he will be my last. He's stood by me when times got tough, he carried me when I just couldn't do it anymore, and he yelled at me when I deserved it; but the one thing he has never done was give up on me. He will always be the first person I tell good news to, and the last person I ever want to disappoint. He's everything I could ever want in a best friend and more.


Dads are something out of a fairytale. They are your prince charming, your knight in shinny amour, and your fairy godfather. Dads are the reasons we are the people we are today; something that a million "thank you"' will never be enough for.

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The Lazy Girl's Guide To The Gym

Also, everything else you should know if you're a slightly out-of-shape girl (like me).

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With my freshman year coming to an end, I realized a lot of things. I made new friends, I found new hobbies, and I learned a lot of lessons. One of them being that the "Freshman 15" is very real and very scary.

While my friends and family have attempted multiple times to convince me that I'm just being dramatic (I am), I still want to make a change in my lifestyle or I will, in all seriousness, be on track to the "Sophomore 20".

Here is a list of my best gym and healthy lifestyle tips that I am slowly attempting to live by this summer in order to resurrect Emily's 18-year-old body and health.

1. Increase water intake.

2. Find a gym buddy.

3. Start off with cardio.

4. Don't stop on your cardio until you're dripping in sweat.

5. Chug a LOT of water an hour before the gym.

Do not do it right before, or you will be in pain.

6. Eat light beforehand but just enough to hold you over. 

7. Plan out what your routine will be BEFORE you get there.

My routine: Elliptical for a mile, Stairmaster for 10 minutes, ab HIIT workout for 10 minutes, 5 more minutes on Stairmaster.

8. Buy healthy foods while you're feeling motivated.

9. Find a gym that isn't too far from your house. 

10. Don't get mad at yourself if you don't see results in a day.

I know this is a hard one.

11. Try fitness classes. 

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