Coloring can help you age gracefully
Because coloring is a hands-on hobby, it helps you maintain your manual dexterity, something that diminishes as people age. And who says coloring is a solo endeavor? Many libraries and bookstores are hosting coloring events, and if you can’t find one near you, you could host your own. People with strong social bonds report greater happiness and health throughout their lives. Or try one of these 12 habits of people who look and act younger than their age.
Coloring calms down the busiest of minds
Thanks to its basic, repetitive motions, coloring engages parts of the cerebral cortex while relaxing the amygdala, the brain’s fear center. A group of college students participated in one of the few studies of the mental-health impacts of coloring. The students were instructed to write about something frightening (to spike anxiety levels). Then they were assigned to one of three activities: Color a blank page, color a plaid design, or color an intricate circular pattern called a mandala. Those who colored the plaid design or the mandala were less anxious than those who had a blank page. For maximum meditative benefits, completely immerse yourself—so don’t watch Game of Thrones or text at the same time. Concentrate on the many sensations: What does the crayon feel like between your fingers? How does it smell? How would you describe the exact shade you’ve chosen? If you want to give an adult coloring book a try, click here to check out some beautiful nature-inspired patterns.