How and why does creativity support wellbeing? New learnings

This article was first published by London Arts and Health.

London Arts and Health have published findings, recommendations and main outputs from a recent creativity and wellbeing project and introduce a new pathways model.

There is a wealth of evidence linking arts and culture to wellbeing, but less is known about ‘how’ and ‘why’ creative activities support wellbeing.

Understanding this relationship allows policy makers and creative practitioners to identify which creative pathways work for different people in different settings. It helps to pinpoint the key ingredients of effective interventions, and avoid the pitfalls that can stop wellbeing from improving.