Adult colouring books are the new rage in print books and have shamelessly contributed to the upsurge in book sales.

What makes them so popular?

Some people say it allows them to add colour to their lives or express themselves creatively. Others use them as a way to escape the daily grind for a few minutes.

A small study of women with chronic illnesses found that art was more than cathartic as it enabled them to enrich their lifestyles and forget about their disabling injuries.

There’s even a swear word colouring book.

Adult colouring books differ in regards to a blank canvas because they require the use of your prefrontal cortex  since you’re only choosing which colour to use next and not actually drawing; thus, they may lead to decision fatigue, a new-ish phenomenon.

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I often colour while sitting on the floor with the TV in the background. I don’t respond to my text messages or flip through any apps. I find it to be an easy, simple and relatively inexpensive way of leaving my To-Do list on the back burner for a few minutes and fully dedicating my attention to something that only I can control.

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Indeed, these colouring books don’t lead to anything productive and are solely for one’s own pleasure, but does that have to be a bad thing? Part of being an adult doesn’t have to mean that all things fun, creative and playful are off-limits.

Perhaps if we all took some time to set aside a few minutes a day for ourselves, we’d all be healthier, happier and a tiny bit less stressed.

For more:

Adult colouring books explained by a neuroscientist

Study: the connection between art, healing and public health

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