Adult coloring books have been huge in recent years. Beyond the art itself, there’s something intrinsic about coloring tiny patterns — it’s the simplicity, the intense focus and the repetitive motion, says Ben Michaelis, a psychologist and big proponent of meditation. He says it’s the ultimate “autotelic” activity — doing something for the sake of the act, not the end — and can put you in a meditative state without even trying.
“The thing that coloring and other repetitive actions have in common is that they are enjoyable in and of themselves. The research shows that it is the repetition that is the key to the meditative effects of the activities.”