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Nothing feels better than to fully immerse yourself in an art project.  The world around you falls away.  Time passes pleasantly without notice.

Research also suggests that creativity is good for our health.  Regular practice has been shown to reduce the harmful effects of stress, improve immune system function, and help us cope with anxiety and depression.

Uncover your creativity by joining artists and writers with the UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine program in exciting, inspirational activities.

2nd Quarter Prompts: Gratitude (October-December)

Prompt 1: Write a letter to an emotion.  For further inspiration, read the poem “To Happiness” by Carl Dennis.

Prompt 2: Recall a particularly memorable meal.  Consider writing a journal entry or poem about the experience or draw 3 to 5 of your favorite ingredients.

Prompt 3:  Read the poem “Witness” by Denise Levertov.  Take a minute to do whatever you do to center yourself–close your eyes, focus on your health, or bodily sensations.  If you are connected in some way with the poem, write, draw, or paint from the “witnessing presence” she talks about.

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