|"Imagine are creating satisfied lives" collage by Lani, textures by FlyPaper.|
Life can be difficult, the road uncertain, but we can remember to bring art supplies and friends!
There was a wonderful New York Times article back in April 21, 2009 on the importance of friendship. Although most of the article was about how friendship actually helps us live longer, more healthy lives, it was the very end of the article that caught my eye.
Researchers studied 34 students at the University of Virginia, taking them to the base of a steep hill and fitting them with a weighted backpack. They were then asked to estimate the steepness of the hill. Some participants stood next to friends during the exercise, while others were alone.
The students who stood with friends gave lower estimates of the steepness of the hill. And the longer the friends had known each other, the less steep the hill appeared.
“People with stronger friendship networks feel like there is someone they can turn to,” said Karen A. Roberto, director of the center for gerontology at Virginia Tech. “Friendship is an undervalued resource. The consistent message of these studies is that friends make your life better.”
So here's today's challenge based on the 13th secret of our 14 Secrets for a Happy Artist's Life: Make art with friends. The road will be less difficult, the hill will be easier to climb. If you can't find a friend to make are with at this moment, then make art as a gift. See how it feels. Enjoy it!!! As always, feel free to share your work or play on Instagram by adding #14SecretsChallenge to your description, or by adding your photo to our Flickr pool.