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How To Banish The Seasonal Blues

Carol W. Berman, M.D. | Posted 03.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Carol W. Berman, M.D.

Rather than focusing on creating a set of resolutions or goals, choose one thing that you'd like to do differently or change about your life. Picking -- and sticking to -- one goal is easier than five or six.

One Year Later: How The Painting Table Is Helping Newtown Heal

Kristi York Wooten | Posted 02.11.2014 | Arts
Kristi York Wooten

The Painting Table allowed the citizens of Newtown to explore grief and hope -- without boundaries. When hurt is shared, even if it is with paints or canvas, healing can begin.

Art Words: Holding It Together

Daniel Leighton | Posted 12.29.2013 | Arts
Daniel Leighton

Pieces of heart. Disconnection from Self. The shadow that surrounds you: What you know you could be, what you fear you might be. Caught up in a p...

In the Cave -- Going Into Darkness

Daniel Leighton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Daniel Leighton

Experiencing pain and loss is part of every human's experience, but too often we skip over the feelings that come with it.

Tied Up at the Hospital

Daniel Leighton | Posted 09.10.2013 | Arts
Daniel Leighton

Three days before my first solo show, I stood alone in a Dallas art gallery staring at one of my paintings. Tied Up At The Hospital is about my first visit to the hospital when I was five years old. This painting is about the moment when I realized that I was powerless in this fight.

Harlem's Under The Radar Art Series Presents a Father's Day Exhibition

Akoshia Yoba | Posted 08.12.2013 | Black Voices
Akoshia Yoba

Recognizing the age old connection between art and healing, curator and mixed media artist Barbara Russell aka Ms. B the Doodle Queen has collaborated with Harlem business owner Dr. Jeffrey Chow to present her Under the Radar art series.

Opening Up

Daniel Leighton | Posted 07.24.2013 | Arts
Daniel Leighton

Art has provided me with the tools to transform that pain and anguish into beauty and healing. Line and color provide a conduit through which I can reach into the deepest part of myself and share the treasures that lie within.

Burned Out on Caregiving? Take Some Vitamin N!

Tory Zellick | Posted 07.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Tory Zellick

"Because nature is calming to the mind and uplifting to the mood, it can shift both the caregiver and care recipient into a place where simply being present together feels rewarding."

Rise Up Gallery -- Utilizing Art to Uplift a Community

David McCauley | Posted 06.26.2013 | Arts
David McCauley

How far would you go to express yourself? Having your eye movement dictate a brush stroke. Utilizing a wheelchair as a brush. Painting with a mouth stick. Rise Up Gallery is committed to pushing the boundaries of how art is created and viewed.

LOOK: 7 Ways Photography Can Improve Your Health

Danielle Hark | Posted 05.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Danielle Hark

By picking up a camera and using any or all of these simple tools and techniques, you are not only being present and creative, but you are actually practicing mindfulness, which reduces stress and helps leave you balanced and ready to take on the rest of your day.

Angry Art

Mark Vander Ley | Posted 04.22.2013 | Parents
Mark Vander Ley

Children need parents that are not afraid of their intense feelings. They need parents who can "contain" them even when they cannot contain themselves.

Disruptive Innovation Needed in Higher Education

Dr. James Michael Nolan | Posted 04.11.2013 | College
Dr. James Michael Nolan

I get extremely energized by the ever-increasing world of possibilities the universe is manifesting. I skyrocket this energy into my graduate school, making some folks kind of nervous. Oh, hell, what big ideas does Jim have now?

Painting a Path Through the Parkinson's Jungle

Dan Joseph | Posted 04.09.2013 | Arts
Dan Joseph

When once I held lives in my hands, I now had trouble holding a glass without fear of dropping it. Soon after, at the suggestion of a friend, I began to paint. My art became a meditation, and my studio a sanctuary.

Art as a Form of Therapy

Brian Boyle | Posted 03.24.2013 | Impact
Brian Boyle

In the blink of an eye I went from being a high-school graduate to a practically lifeless body on my deathbed. As for the future, it did not exist.

Lee Wright, Homeless Artist, Gets Big Break

The Huffington Post | Katherine Bindley | Posted 01.03.2013 | Arts

Lee Wright of Chico, Calif., had been homeless for 15 years before a positive turn of events allowed him to start living off his lifelong talent: pain...

Are You Sure Affordability Is Really the Issue in Higher Ed?

Dr. James Michael Nolan | Posted 10.09.2012 | College
Dr. James Michael Nolan

"Everybody has won, and all must have prizes!" the Dodo from Alice in Wonderland proclaimed. Except it is just not working out that way in the USA these days, if the "prize" is a "good job" in one's field of academic study.

Belly Dancing and Laughter: How to Add Years to Your Life - or Life to Your Year

Jody Gastfriend | Posted 08.27.2012 | Fifty
Jody Gastfriend

I looked around the room at my friends, each straining to make circular motions with their less-than-flexible hips while trying to keep their heads still, and tried (unsuccessfully) to stifle a giggle.

How Art Can Be Good For Your Mental Health

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 08.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

Here's an obvious observation: Doing art -- whether music, painting, writing, dance, whatever -- can contribute immeasurably to psychological well-being.

Art Helps People Live With Mental Illness

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 07.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

Being with so many like-minded people and having a sense of camaraderie are clearly important dimensions of the experience for these artists. It's being in a place without stigma, where people believe in themselves and their abilities.

One Mom's Journey to Hope for Her Son with Autism

Patricia Crisafulli | Posted 07.07.2012 | Parents
Patricia Crisafulli

McNary's son was given a prognosis so dire it left little room for hope. She captured her fear and worry in a large tableau. "That painting was never meant to be displayed. It's too raw," she said.

The Healing Power of Performing Arts

Dr. Jingduan Yang | Posted 06.12.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jingduan Yang

In order to promote good health and natural healing, you might want to take some time to go to performances with soothing and beautiful music and colors.

Watch Kate Middleton Make Art!

Posted 02.21.2012 | Arts

Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, expressed her creative side today during a visit to the Art Room, a charity organization which practices art...

Connecting With Alzheimer's Patients -- Even in the Latest Stages of the Disease

Marie Marley | Posted 04.02.2012 | Healthy Living
Marie Marley

There are four activities that can typically reach persons at all stages of Alzheimer's disease. Being visited by a child is one of them, as young Max discovered. Others include having a visit from a pet, listening to or playing music and observing or creating artwork.

Can Art Scientifically Help Traumatized Soldiers?

Posted 12.20.2011 | Arts

Making art has been a longtime coping mechanism for pain, depression and heartbreak, but now art therapy may finally gain scientific validation as a c...

The Cat That Became My Father and How It Healed Me

Katherine Dunn | Posted 12.27.2011 | Arts
Katherine Dunn

2011-10-27-imagepull.jpgWhile in the thick of grieving my father's death, I found my art making process of working intuitively -- without boundaries, patterns or sketches to dictate to me -- both a comfort and an eye opener.