“Stress and nervous tension are no serious social problems in all parts of the galaxy” –Douglas Adams/Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
Fortunately, those of us on planet earth have found a mostly harmless solution. Or rather, have rediscovered a childhood solution – coloring. Ever since studies have proven that the simple act of applying pigment to a picture on a page (or similar forms of art) induces significant calming effect on stress (including PTSD, depression, anxiety and dementia), the adult coloring book industry has been booming.
The styles and even sizes of these intricate incarnations of soothing distraction can vary greatly. From mundane meandering patterns to bizarre images of horror, it would seem that there’s a coloring book for everyone. . .