7 science-backed reasons you should make art... 1. Making art may reduce stress and anxiety. 2. Creating visual art improves connections in the brain. 3. Art-making can help us get over sadness. 4. Mindless sketching can help us focus. 5. Turning our problems into narratives can help us work through them. 6. Playing music is associated with cognitive gains. 7. Making art can help you achieve "flow. While flow can come from all kinds of activities, art is one of the classic flow experiences, where the art-maker is not motivated by some end goal, but is fully engaged in the process itself. The doing of the art is inherently pleasurable.