It seems that art and culture are the things we turn to when we need to express our melancholy. But they can also lift us out of it. Research tells us that engaging with art and culture makes us happier, more relaxed and more attentive to the world around us. So, to cheer us all up, we've put together a little list of blog posts, videos and stories about the different ways in which art and culture can have a positive impact on our wellbeing. Explore the links below and see if they can lift your mood, or provide you with some inspiration.
And these are just a few examples. The art and culture projects, artists and organisations that we support across the country all have stories to tell about how their work has been transformative to the people whose lives it has touched.
So this year, forget Blue Monday. Whether it's a free visit to a museum or art gallery, picking up a book, joining a drawing or dance class, or going to the theatre ' a more colourful 2017 awaits.
ur Director of Policy and Research, blogs about a research study examining how different arts and cultural institutions affect levels of happiness
New research shows how arts and culture can help to improve health, wellbeing and quality of life for older people
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Imagine, arts and older people's programme at City Arts Nottingham.