The link between creativity and better mental and physical health is well established by research.
A recent study examined more than 30 patients who were battling chronic illness and cancer. Among many other benefits, they discovered that creative activities actually impacted the cells inside the patient's body and improved their immune system. In other words, the process of creating art makes one feel better emotionally and also creates real physical changes inside the body.
Creating helps make people feel happier, less anxious, more resilient and better equipped to problem-solve in the face of hardship. It seems that making art could be as important to your health and well being as regular exercise and balanced nutrition.