Deliberately creating something new that inspires aesthetic or emotional response.

Complementary virtues

Contrasting vices


Virtues possibly in tension


How to acquire or strengthen it


Notes and links

  • James Clear: make more art
  • LessWrong: Art
  • R. Swindells, et al. “Eudaimonic well-being and community arts participation” Perspectives in Public Health (2013) pp. 60-65
  • F. Reynolds & K.H. Lim “Turning to art as a positive way of living with cancer: A qualitative study of personal motives and contextual influences” The Journal of Positive Psychology (2007) pp. 66-75
  • R.R. Pratt “Art, dance, and music therapy” Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America (2004) pp. 827-842
  • A. Renton, et al. “Think of your art-eries: Arts participation, behavioural cardiovascular risk factors, and mental well-being in deprived communities in London” Public Health (2012) pp. S57-S64
  • R. Ruud “Music in therapy: Increasing possibilities for action” Music and Arts in Action (2008) pp. 46-60
  • S. Trainor, et al. “Leisure activities and adolescent psychological well-being” _Journal of Adolescence" (2010) pp. 173-186 — making music correlated with psychological health in youth
  • T. Hays & V. Minichiello “The meaning of music in the lives of older people: A qualitative study” Psychology of Music (2005) pp. 437-451 — and in older adults too

Mentioned elsewhere

Inspirational quotes

  • “art…. has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival” ―C.S. Lewis
  • “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” ―Pablo Picasso
  • “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” ―Pablo Picasso