Savoring Art (10-18-21)

Lee, Lee, and Choi investigated the psychological implications of savoring art.  They learned that “Previous research has indicated that engaging in art activities is beneficial to both psychological and physical well-being; however, few studies have examined the link between attitudes toward art and well-being. In the present study, we have termed a positive and appreciative attitude toward art as savoring art and have investigated the relationship between savoring art and individual well-being. . . . The results suggested that savoring art was linked to a greater level of both PWB [meaningful happiness/psychological well-being] and SWB [hedonic happiness/subjective well-being]. . . . savoring art correlated with reduced biological health risk, as measured by objective biomarkers for inflammation and hypertension. The results from the present study highlight the potential psychological and physical benefits of savoring art, regardless of individuals’ socioeconomic condition, level of openness to experience, or art engagement frequency.”

Seojin Lee, Sung-Ha Lee, and Incheol Choi.  “Do Art Lovers Lead Happier and Even Healthier Lives?  Investigating the Psychological and Physical Benefits of Savoring Art.”  Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts, in press, https:///doi.org/10.1037/aca0000441