coloring Archives - Ben Michaelis, PhD

“Why Adults Can’t Get Enough of Coloring Books” – Daily Worth

And there’s a real, scientific reason Rizzo experienced such benefits from coloring. “The creative process engages several areas of the mind that can trigger the release of endorphins, which produce positive feelings,” Dr. Ben Michaelis, PhD, evolutionary clinical psychologist and author of Your Next Big Thing, tells me. And, “there is evidence that the repetitive action […]

"'Blind Contouring' May Just Be The New Adult Coloring Book Craze" – Huffington Post

Blind contouring adds an additional layer of mindfulness to the already meditative practice of adult coloring, a ritual which continues to gain momentum. “There is a long history of people coloring for mental health reasons,” clinical psychologist Ben Michaelis said in an earlier interview. “Carl Jung used to try to get his patients to color in […]

"How Adult Coloring Books Became a Million-Dollar Trend" – MPR News

Pass the colored pencils, kiddoes: Grown-ups have muscled in on the fun. 2015 was the year of the adult coloring book. At the start of the year, adult coloring books were a little-known niche item, but by December, bookstores around the country had cleared shelf space for the hundreds of different coloring books publishers were […]

Why Coloring Is Good for the Mind, Body, and Soul

Trendiness is rarely next to Godliness. Occasionally though, every once in while, a trend comes along that is interesting, uplifting, and actually helpful. One of those trends is adult coloring books. Coloring books for adults have become so popular lately that they have topped the New York Times and Amazon.com Bestseller Lists. The wonderful thing […]

"Not Just For Kids: Why You Need to Start Coloring To De-Stress" – Shemazing

Feeling stressed or anxious? Grab a colouring book! It seems colouring books are no longer a pastime just for kids as the world of adult colouring books has gained serious popularity. Colouring isn’t just a fun activity, it also trains the brain to focus and has some serious health benefits. Psychiatrist Carl Jung first used this form […]