The Benefits of having an Art Attack

October 14, 2013 |  by  |  Linkedin Blog

Research shows that smelling crayons can reduce your blood pressure by 10 points.

When you smell crayons you almost always, either:

• focus completely on the smell of the crayons and let go of any negative thoughts or,
• recall a happy childhood image or memory

In my seminars, I sometimes ask people to draw a very quick picture of a tea cup and saucer – they’ve got 15 seconds to do it. Do this now, or at least imagine the picture that you would draw.

I can make a prediction. Your drawing, just like virtually all the other drawings I’ve ever seen, is taken from a side view rather than a bird’s eye view, and the cup is in the saucer. Am I right?

Why does this happen? Because, before you even begin to think about the drawing, your brain has created your frame of reference.

When the same experiment is done with 5 year old children however, a significant proportion of children will draw the cup and saucer from a bird’s eye view, and a few will even draw the cup out of the saucer, on its side, or upside down.

As we get older we tend to see the world through a filter of preconceived ideas. Drawing, painting, playing a musical instrument or an activity which makes your heart bounce off the walls and ceiling, will increase your ability to see more options and be more creative.

Time for an art attack?


1. Old woman: “Why aren’t you walking properly?”
Old man: “I bought a new deodorant stick today. It says remove cap and push up bottom. I can barely walk but when I fart the room smells lovely.”

2. It’s called the mother tongue because the father rarely gets to speak.

3. He’s got mood poisoning: It must be something he hate.

Sunil Bali

As well as being a recognised authority on personal branding and peak performance, Sunil is a critically acclaimed author and blogger. His corporate experience includes roles as Head of Talent on behalf of Vodafone Group, Santander (UK) and Cable & Wireless Europe. Sunil has also run a multi-million pound recruitment business, and is a Non Executive Director. Sunil’s first degree in Sports Science and Psychology fuelled his passion for the psychology of human achievement and well-being. As well as possessing an MBA, he is a qualified Psychotherapist and Executive Coach.

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