Mindful Museums Series #2: Museums at the Core of Well-BeingPeople who visited a museum were 20% more likely to report good health and 37% more likely to report high life satisfaction.
The most significant improvements in human health have come from diverse fields outside the health sector, for example education, politics, culture and sports. Society has come to understand that good health is not only about fighting illness and thus today, we talk less about good health
and more about well-being.
The relationship between culture and health is indivisible. In fact, culture plays a major role in determining our capacity for well-being.
Visual arts reflect the very essence of culture. They provide a window into our values, beliefs and behaviours; they contribute to health literacy and our understanding of the world. Visual arts bridge history, the environment and our inner selves, A no-brainer (no pun intended)Museums and galleries, the fundamental window to society, are becoming essential wellness conduits.
Aside from reflecting our essence, contemporary museums contribute positively to present day well-being by making the most of the latest communications media and providing engaging environments that contribute to a positive state of psychological and physiological health.
Modern-day museums are multi-dimensional and multi-sensory in their approach. Take the +Tate
, for instance, which manages a rich bank of online projects and social media content.
Today's museums also serve as venues to a vast array of activities. In Montreal, for example, the MBAM offers lectures, the MACM has a series of night-time events, and the CCA hosts free 5 à 7
. Results speak for themselves
Research suggests that social interaction is perhaps the single most important common factor amongst happy people, which highlights the importance of museums’ role as social spaces.
A study by the Scottish government has for the first time established a clear and consistent link between culture, good health and high life satisfaction. It found that people who visited a museum were 20% more likely to report good health and 37% more likely to report high life satisfaction than those who did not. Furthermore people who attended a cultural place or event were 60% more likely to report good health.Stay healthy and happy starting now:
1. Join the Lolë White Tour, a world series of yoga sessions in the most beautiful museums and the perfect way to embrace a healthy body and mind: http://www.lolewomen.com/whitetour/
2. Discover why museums can be so calming in the first of the Mindful Museums Series: http://goo.gl/hcIQv0You might also be interested in
1. The Happy Museum Project, a creative enquiry to re-imagine the purpose of museums and place them at the heart of our well-being: http://www.happymuseumproject.org/
2. For another survey linking Museum visits to high levels of happiness: http://goo.gl/qO3Acm
3. Museums 2020, researching and developing the museums of tomorrow: http://goo.gl/WbXkHa #museummonday #museumschangelives #museums #healthyliving #wellbeing #hapiness #tatebritain #lolewhite #yoga Resources used for this article
- Museums as Healing Places by Psychology Today: goo.gl/rNCZKS
- Museums, Health and Well-Being, forward by Professor Richard Parish
- Museum Association Journal: goo.gl/MKqRBc
- Museum Association: museumsassociation.org/
- The Happy Museum: A tale of how it could turn out all right: goo.gl/EvRtV0+Yoga Journal +Google Art Project +gopi Kallayil