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I received this today as part of a newsletter from the Indiana Arts Commission and thought you all might want to read about how happy we all are whether we knew it or not.
Studies of happiness and well-being suggest that participating in the arts should lead to increased life satisfaction, self efficacy, "flow" like experiences, and an overall improved outlook on life.
A new study by the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy at Vanderbilt University, supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), confirms this relationship: among college students and the general public, actively making or presenting art is related to increased feelings of well-being and a more positive social outlook.
Based on analysis of more than 2,000 respondents to the 2009 Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAPP) survey (the only year the survey asked about general life satisfaction), research director Steven Tepper found that arts graduates who currently make and perform art professionally are happier than those who are not professional artists. If you train to be an artist, generally you will be happier if you actually get a job as an artist.
But what of arts graduates who make or perform art as an avocation, outside of work, are they happier than former art students who have largely stopped making art? Surprisingly, the answer appears to be "no."
The research finds that former arts students receive no additional boost in life satisfaction when they continue to make and perform art in ones spare time. The key issue here may be the amount of time available for the person to meet their own artistic goals. There are indications that former arts students are happier when they continue to do their artistic work outside of their regular jobs, but only when they feel they have adequate time to do that work at the desired level.