Indiana University’s Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) reports that artists generally seem to be happy with a life in the arts.
From the blog ArtsJournal.com: “According to SNAAP’s survey of 36 000 creative arts grads, their unemployment rate is half that of the national average and 71% of bachelor’s degree holders in the arts and 86% of those with an MA are working or have worked as professional artists.” More at the Snaapshot site.
Having seen La Bohème and read George Gissing’s 1891 novel New Grub Street (and having accepted every word as Gospel), I believe that a life in the arts can be difficult. But I do think if you can work in a field that lets you use your creativity — or one that provides time to do art part time — you will be happier. Everyone, in fact, should have a creative outlet, I’d say.
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Photograph of Timothy Callaghan by Mary Ann Hall, Quarry Books editor
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Posted in Uncategorized, tagged Dacher Keltner, Ernest L. Abel, happiness, J. Patrick Seder, LeeAnne Harker, michael L Kruger, ReadWriteWeb, satisfaction, Shigehiro Oishi, smiles, smiling on February 21, 2012 |
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The site ReadWriteWeb has an interesting piece on smiling and life satisfaction.
“Researchers J. Patrick Seder and Shigehiro Oishi at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville discovered that smile intensity from a single Facebook profile photo in the first semester of college predicted self-reported life satisfaction three and a half years later, at the time of college graduation.
“This type of study isn’t actually unique to Facebook, however. A 2011 study by Harker and Keltner showed that female students smiling in their college graduation yearbook photos from 1958 and 1960 were reportedly happier 30 years later. A similar study by Abel and Kruger (2010) found that professional baseball players who smiled more intensely in archival photos lived seven years longer than those who didn’t smile much.” Read more.
I hope you’re smiling.
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