I have long felt that art can add value to your life in a way that is unique and powerful.  I think most art-lovers would agree.  It's why it's hard to understand why someone wouldn't have art in their life.  Why wouldn't you want to surround yourself with things that can make you feel. . . everything.  The closest example I can give is the way music can make you think and feel, no matter what kind you like. So when I read this article in The Guardian about art as therapy, it struck a chord.  The author, Alain de Botton, says, "I believe art is ultimately a therapeutic medium, just like music. It, too, is a vehicle through which we can do such things as recover hope, dignify suffering, develop empathy, laugh, wonder, nurture a sense of communion with others and regain a sense of justice and political idealism."  Agreed.