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ERIC Number: ED439348
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-May
Pages: 8
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Keep Mental Health by Art Recreation.
Wang, Gongbin
A distinct characteristic of the technology age is that people have more leisure time while the ways of recreation are getting more material and unified. Each step-up of technology has been fully used to produce more sensory attractive and lower unit-cost recreation products. In contrast, art recreation always means being highly devoted, creative, and brings great spiritual pleasure, thus it plays a positive role in keeping mental health. This paper reports on observations in a remote county in Northwest China. Though the local economy is underdeveloped, the folk art activities are the main way people spend their leisure time. The paper discusses how technology-independent art recreation spreads out and promotes people's mental health in this remote area. It describes the characteristics of folk art activities that promote mental health: general participation, good succession, complete devotion, and high creativity. It enumerates several positive influences of folk art activities. They include: (1) a way to keep a positive self-image; (2) an efficient way to cope with stress; (3) a bridge to improve social intercourse; and (4) some degree of personal psychotherapy. Each generation passes on the folk traditions to the next. The paper reflects on the fact that folk art activities worldwide are passing away, but suggests that the inner spirit of them should be kept when spending leisure time in this stressful age. (JDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China