art and happiness

Full disclosure: I shamelessly copied the title for this post from an article in Marie Claire.

This week, I was on a plane. Well, two, actually. When I fly, I like to do something pretty mindless, usually reading magazines with no redeemable value at all, but this time I found myself diving into some really interesting articles in Marie Claire and Vanity Fair. One in MC was about art. “In a recent study at the University College London, researchers found that looking at art gives people a psychological thrill in the same way that gazing at someone they’re sexually attracted to does.” And another study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health says that art related activities, like the ballet, museums, poetry, or painting can boost health and happiness.

Maybe that’s why I’m so happy in general. My life is filled with all kinds of art, from beautifully designed gowns to gorgeous cakes, creative decor, spectacular florals … and of course, photography. And I have to think that the fact that all these things are surrounding people who are madly in love can only make that better.

How do you know if something is “art”? I get asked that a lot, people want to know how to tell if something artistic is any good. My answer: If you like it, it’s good.

And to those of you who come here looking at the images, here’s to your health and happiness! I hope it’s “good”. 🙂