Did you know art can cure?

Art is beneficial to every person’s mental health, patient or not. Studies found a direct and strong showing link between the content of images that art offers and the brain’s reaction to pain, stress, and anxiety. Many studies have demonstrated the benefits of the arts in healthcare in hospitals, nursing homes, senior centers, hospices, and other locations within the community.

With more and more studies showing a direct link between the content of images and the brain’s reaction to pain, stress, and anxiety, the majority of the hospitals in the United States are giving arts a higher priority than mere decoration for sterile rooms and corridors.

Aside from Hospitality sector of society—especially in Tourism, Art is presently innovating the healthcare scene. Healthcare Art is now fast becoming a trend in the western part of the world.

Since the millennium, medical facilities including hospitals, clinics, senior living residences, and dental and medical offices have started to recognize the importance of providing healing and aesthetically pleasing environments.

In 2006 a Department of Health Working Group on Arts and Health reported that the arts have ‘a clear contribution to make and offer major opportunities in the delivery of better health, wellbeing and improved experience for patients, service users and staff alike’.

In 2003, the Society for the Arts in Healthcare (SAH) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) determined the current level and characteristics of arts activities in healthcare (Wikoff, 2004).  The organizations have concluded that hospitals use the arts “to create a more uplifting environment” in addition to “create a welcoming atmosphere and build community relations.” Meanwhile, in 2008, already nearly 50% of all hospitals in the United States have arts programs.

These means that hospitals, as well as the health workers,  are considering and discovering that art in general—including performance, music, and poetry have profound healing effects. Doctors, nurses, and therapists are now working with artists and musicians to heal people of all ages with many conditions including cancer and AIDS.

Arts in healthcare programs and creative arts therapies have been applied to a vast array of health issues, including:

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Autism and Children’s mental health and abilities
  • Chronic illnesses
  • Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
  • Neurological disorders and brain injuries
  • Premature infant births
  • Physical disabilities

The primary beneficiaries of Art in Healthcare are the patients themselves. Arts benefit them by aiding in their physical, mental, and emotional recovery, as well as relieving their anxiety and decreasing their perception of pain.

Hospitals are often seen and portrayed as a cold place where science dominates. Arts create a safer, more supportive and homey ambiance to these healthcare facilities that can affect the general setting for patients and workers, the same. In a mostly intimidating and cold atmosphere and environment, arts can serve as a therapeutic and healing tool, reducing the loneliness and providing opportunities for self-expression.

From the mere architectural design to art hung on the walls, from windows to landscaping and healing gardens, the physical environment was proven to have a significant impact on reducing patient and caregiver stress, improving health outcomes, enhancing patient safety and overall quality of care, and reducing costs. At the same time, it boosts the productivity of healthcare providers, increasing effectiveness and reducing errors.

Research suggests patients are positively affected by nature themes and figurative art with unambiguous, positive faces that convey a sense of security and safety.

A study back in 1993 found that patients exposed to a natural image experienced less postoperative anxiety and were more likely to take weaker painkillers than those who viewed an abstract image or no image.

A 2011 study found that nature images helped calm restless behavior and noise levels in two Texas emergency department waiting rooms. Moreover, in 2014, the Cleveland Clinic reported that patients surveyed on its contemporary collection—which includes abstract and nonrepresentational imagery by some prominent artists—reported a significant positive effect on their experience and on mood, stress, comfort, and expectations.

Some patients in its survey reported they were motivated to get out of bed to view the artwork. Patients with post-traumatic stress disorder and generalized anxiety disorder reported the most significant positive improvement in mood.

At the end of the day, a person doesn’t need to have a medical diagnosis to be ‘healed’. Maybe you are experiencing too much stress, pressure, or too much emotion that it takes a toll to your overall disposition and well being.

Art, in any form, can give people emotions that can lift up their spirit and make them more driven than ever. Art is everywhere, influencing us on a daily basis, whether we realize it or not. And this is the sole reason why art is important in our daily lives. With the art that we are surrounded by, whether it’s a painting, music or even videos can have a huge impact on our mood and emotions.

Art can make a community more beautiful. It also makes the places we go and spend time in more interesting. Through art, we gain a better understanding of cultures, history, and tradition; as well as help the people in the present weave their own today.

Why you should have a backlit mirror in your bathroom (Infographic)

Choosing a bathroom mirror to fit your motif and theme can really be heard, especially if you’re bombarded by a ton of choices when you go to the store. Adding in the intimidation is your lack of background and knowledge on which types works best for certain decorations, or which functions will benefit you the most.

What are backlit mirrors?

Backlit mirrors are one of the most popular mirror types. They are usually installed in bathrooms, which uses LED lighting tubes that sit behind the mirror, outlining its perimeter. It gives off a subtle but sufficient light that makes it easier to shave, apply makeup or do whatever it is that requires a well-lit reflection. Through the LED lights, the mirror can create a glow, which can be a standout light source in the bathroom, giving off a relaxing ambiance.

Some people hate it when they hang lights directly over the mirror in their bathroom—it’s a necessity, but can be an eyesore most of the time. Also, they can take up valuable head space in a bathroom with low ceilings.

The subtle lights from the mirrors outlines can make the mirror stand out and come off the wall, creating a layer of depth, but still enough to let people use it for makeup, hairstyling, and other essential activities inside the room. At the same time, the lights behind the mirror give it depth, another dimension which makes the bathroom become more interesting and beautiful.

Because backlit mirrors are often powered by LED lights rather than incandescent ones, they use much less energy and last longer than ordinary light bulbs would.

why you should have a backlit mirror in your bathroom

Do you care if your hotel has good art?

Hotels are safe and comfortable accommodation, found in almost every part of the globe. From the kind of traveler they serve to the types of marketing strategies they develop and observe, the face and motivations of the hotel industry have definitely changed–and is continuously changing.

From its basic principle and mission: to serve as a home in every city for the citizens of the world, many, if not all, hotels are stepping up their game, developing not only their facilities and services but also how they can reach a bigger audience and impact them on a greater scale.

Art Tourism or Hospitality Art is one of the most common and effective approaches hotels strive to do and perfect. Indeed, art is one of the hotel industry’s newest marketing strategies. Hotels with interesting art displays, thought-provoking pieces, and controversial works will always be talked about. Intrigue and curiosity is one method of driving people to your property’s doorstep. At the same time, magnificent, jaw dropping collections are also the talk of the town.

More and more hotels from anywhere in the globe have been investing millions in acquiring good art for their guests. There is a growing number of hotels all over the world who compete with the leading art galleries in acquiring art works, that essentially will attract more guests. Some even convert their property to an exhibit, hosting programs that hone the interest of people art—in any of its forms. Some hotels are investing millions in art, becoming what experts may call “de facto galleries”. But does it make a difference to guests?

Do hotel guests really care or notice if their hotel has good art? The answer is yes, they do and they love it.

Artworks are not merely used in the hotel lobby as decorations. They are not simply blank space fillers, which interior decorators put just for the sake of it. As new breeds of tourists and travelers dominate the jet setter and globetrotter demographics, a different level of art perception and appreciation is being developed and employed.

Artworks are a great way to stimulate the hotel guests’ minds. Since art can be viewed through different lenses and perspectives, they can stir conversation as well. Thought-provoking art is a great way to make guests feel something about the artworks, as well as your brand as a hotel.

Moreover, art becomes allowing guests to travel far without leaving the hotel. A lot of paintings, sculptures and other art forms displayed inside a property allows guests who are in time constraints to know more about their location or country, by showcasing history, tradition, famous people and historical events through art.
Guests who can’t squeeze in a time to visit local art galleries and museums can have a good look and experience of the local’s art through a hotel which houses a good amount of artworks.

Not only that, artworks sometimes make hotel guests stay. “It’s hard to walk by art and not look at it. I’m much more motivated by the location and the quality of the rooms,” frequent traveler, Nick Winter told CNN. “When I do find myself staying somewhere with a thought-provoking painting or installation, it stops me in my tracks. I wouldn’t choose a hotel for the art, but I would certainly remember my stay if the art was amazing.” And then it makes you really look at it and wonder—who made it, why did the artist make it? What are the reasons behind this painting?

“Some guests come only for the art and my services,” says Domoina de Brantes, art concierge at Raffles’ Le Royal Monceau in Paris. “We have a huge collection of more than 300 pieces, revolving exhibitions of photography, plus I recommend a specific cultural event to guests every day,” she shares during an interview with CNN Travel. “They want to be kept informed of the latest exhibitions and art events, so I get enquiries from them every day and also reach out to them with an art newsletter.”

More than anything, art can make guests feel the connection to the hotel, its people, and other guests. You don’t need language to understand it. That is one thing about art displayed in a hotel, in a foreign country with language barriers. Aside from it being a conversation starter, art has its own unique way of bringing people together—even if they don’t speak the same language.

This is because art appeals to the emotions. It can affect greatly compared to words. Looking at artworks can make you experience a roller coaster of emotions—longing, empathy, anger, lust, disgust, connection, happiness.

Art says things that words just can’t say. Art shows things that words can’t say: How a sunset really looked 300 years ago, how people dressed 1,000 years ago, and how they carried their bodies; how an anonymous woman might have felt about an anonymous man or anonymous child in a strange land. What pain looks like. What heartache looks like. What desire looks like. What love looks like. What the world did look like and what it could look like.

In the end, travel should be intended, as a unique experience that allows your luggage to be full of beautiful memories when you go home. It is the best souvenir you get to collect in your mind, rather than some material things that dust and will break down after years.

Hotel art offers more than just being merely decorations on empty spaces and blank walls. It gets people together because of the connection it creates—which don’t need words nor common language. It appeals to the emotions, which, at the end of the day, the core of every guest traveling either for work or leisure.