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Paint is mightier than cortisol, according to new research in the journal Art Therapy. In the study, 75 per cent of people who spent a 45-minute session working with art materials significantly lowered their levels of the notorious stress hormone. “Having a creative outlet, whether it’s art, music, dance, crafting or writing, helps us externalise our emotions. And the act of working with our hands instils a sense of accomplishment,” study author Girija Kaimal says. So break out some watercolours or scribble in your notebook – anything that starts your creative juices flowing!