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Did You Know Doodling and Drawing Is Good for Your Mind?

by Vince Nero | The Web Writer Spotlight: Jan 22, 2018

Leonardo Da Vinci, the famous Italian polymath and renaissance man, has notebooks filled with doodles of his various interests. Although you may not have the same artistic abilities as a Leonardo or Michelangelo, when pen and paper are in front of you it’s likely you will take to doodling.

Doodles and daydreaming are activities the mind uses to express creativity. When the body is idle, the imagination tends to run wild. Psychologists have submerged themselves deep into the oceans of brain waves to discover what those imaginations are running towards.

Whether you take to drawing hearts, letters, animals or people––doodling is like weight lifting for the mind. It has even been proposed that doodling stimulates the brain enough to slow the onset of age-related brain diseases like dementia. Although it may seem like doodles can be a distraction, it was found that doodlers were able to remember 29 percent more information than their “attentive” counterparts.

As author Steven Heller explains in an article in The Atlantic, “Drawing with pencil, pen, or brush on paper isn’t just for artists. For anyone who actively exercises the brain, doodling and drawing are ideal for making ideas tangible.” Imagine the impact this could have on your creative work!

Besides, everything you draw – from tiny shapes down the side of a page to circling or underlining your name – may have a deeper meaning in your subconscious. If you draw triangular shapes, for instance, it can mean you are a risk-taker.

Take pride in your doodles and if you are curious about what they all mean, use the visual below from getCRM to look into the science-backed psychology of doodles. (Click Visual to enlarge.)

 

Doodles and what science tells us they mean

 

So, do you doodle? When? What does it reveal about you?

 

Read Also:  Why Writing Longhand is So Important Still (Backed by Science).

Related: How Writing Makes People Smarter (Backed by Science).

 


Vince Nero is a professional content marketer working with GetCRM to build fascinating content and amazing experiences.


 

Photo credit: Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran / Vandenberg.af.mil.

 

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