For me drawing is like meditation. I feel so much better both while I’m working as well as afterwards. I was wondering why that is so I did a bit of research. Apparently when you draw, dopamine is produced in the brainstem. It is released in your brain’s cortex region, the part that is used to create ideas, make decisions, and plan our actions. According to James E. Zull, professor of biology at Case Western Reserve University and author of The Art of Changing the Brain, “…we feel rewarded when we create new objects or actions. And since creativity is based on the decisions made by the creator, the reward system kicks in when we are in control and inventing things that we have thought of ourselves. Freedom and ownership are part and parcel of the neurochemistry of the arts.” Could I replace my chocolate with drawing?! When I’m feeling down I guess I can always just pick up my pencil!