Culture is noted as being a successful part of a healthy society and it is seen in various ways including storeys about the past, present, and future. It is a way to entertain and focus on what is to come. It is a way to express creatively and see the world in unique ways. Ontarians continue to participate in culture in different ways while acting as investors, professionals, audiences, volunteers, amateurs, and/or donors.
There is a value associated with culture that comes in the form of social and economic benefits. It makes it easier to learn and remain healthy while becoming more tolerant at the same time. It is a way to improve society’s quality of life both individually and across the entire country.
Advantages of Culture
1. Intrinsic Benefits
For those who do participate in culture, it is something that can be personal. It is a way to stay happy and connect to specific experiences that are intellectually and emotionally stimulating. It can be pleasurable to celebrate culture uniquely. It can become a way to express oneself as an individual and carve out an identity that brings peace to the heart while remaining a part of a larger community.
It can be seen in various ways including learning, leisure, entertainment, and/or simple sharing of experiences with others. This can include things such as libraries, dance studios, theatres, and/or other means of entertainment. Executive and Leadership Coaching can also be helpful.
These are advantages that are intrinsic to the culture.
2. Better Learning for the Future
Those participating from a younger age start to develop specific skills, gain self-confidence, and learn the art of resilience. This can improve their educational outcome. A good example of this would be a student that comes from a low-income family and begins to take part in art-related activities at school. This makes it more likely for them to earn a degree later on compared to those who don’t. This is why more and more schools are starting to integrate arts into their curriculum. The link is there: literacy and culture going hand-in-hand when it comes to public education and overall performance in the workplace.
It is a great way to increase the number of opportunities available for those who participate. It starts to teach people about history whether it is through learning resources and/or educational products found in museums.
It is often noted how important libraries are when it comes to being sources of cultural significance. It is a way to acquire knowledge while focusing on lifelong learning. It is about getting people to participate in these activities while improving literacy rates across the board.
More and more people are also starting to focus on e-learning. This is seen both in school and professionally. It is seen through games, writing, academic skills, and even in the workforce to motivate employees. There are more than a hundred e-learning companies that focus on this in Ontario.
3. Improved Health
When it comes to participating in culture, it’s reported there’s a positive impact across the population in terms of overall health. This has to do with increased engagement that leads to an uptick in mental health and physical well-being. It is a great way to understand the role culture has to play in a person’s state of mind as seen in places such as the UK and Canada.
Research that has been done on this subject states the arts have a positive impact on a person’s health and well-being, especially as they grow older. It can help them to feel part of something bigger and it makes it easier for people to identify themselves in a group. Studies have shown a person that is participating in the arts will see noticeable health benefits including feeling emotionally stronger and healthier. This is reported with chronic pain conditions in those who begin to participate in cultural activities.
When assessing Indigenous communities, culture has been shown as a way to express oneself through ritual models and religious practises. It is a way to add structure to life and helping identify a person’s lineage internally. This is why preserving those cultures has become important as Indigenous communities continue to foster those in their circle. It is the best way to improve emotional and physical health across the board.