Episode 2 is about creativity, because Arts should be part of the mental health toolkit.
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The arts can help those suffering from anxiety. Studies have found those who regularly appreciate art are happier and calmer. The link between art and health has been established for many years. Even back in the 19th century, Florence Nightingale recognised it as a way to help patients recover more quickly.
In this episode we chat creativity. Many of the jobs that we will be dealing with in 10 years time haven't been invented yet. They don't have a name, a salary, a typical career path or a person specification. The world will discover these new jobs only to the extent that creatively gifted people can find space to invent them, using the dazzling array of new technologies now unfurling around us. Creativity, therefore, is no longer an asset to only the so-called “creative industries” — it is now a must-have attribute in every industry.
But, it seems, there's even more to it. Research by Semir Zeki, UCL Prof. of neuroesthetics, suggests enjoying great works of art triggers the same part of your brain as falling in love. While enjoying a painting, you receive a surge in levels of the feel-good hormone, dopamine, resulting in feelings of intense pleasure.
Glenda's Upbuilding song choice is Waltz for Koop Summer Sun.