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It’s a wonderful work of art…

Going to a gallery, learning magic tricks and singing in a choir… creativity has the power to heal, says Daisy Fancourt

The job I have is very unusual. I’m a research scientist, working in a university health faculty, who looks at the impact of the arts on our lives. In my daily world, the creativity of culture collides with the rigour of medicine. I’ve been lucky enough to work in hospitals and witness, first-hand, the uplifting impact that arts programmes can have during some of the darkest moments of people’s lives. The first pieces of art ever found, dated by archeologists to around 40,000 years ago, appear to have been produced directly for use in healing and fertility rituals. So, far from being new, the marriage of the arts and health has ancient roots.

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If you're feeling depleted, out of sorts and ready for a holiday, then this issue is for you. Our 18-page dossier on how to renew your strength shares scientifically proven ways to fill up your tank and keep it full. If you’re hitting the beach but want to revolutionise the way you see yourself, turn to page 46 and learn about the new mindset to adopt to finally find peace with your body. This month, we invite you to train your brain to think differently but we also invite you to sing, dance and play. Why? Because it’s not only good for your soul, it’s good for your health. Learn how the arts can help you live a long, happy life. Here’s to a long, happy summer!