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What is #GeltArt and Why It\'s Good For You?

#GeltArt is a way to use chocolate gelt, dreidels and more to make art. Invented by in 2016 this idea was born out of our love of art and love of chocolates. #lovechocolate + #loveart = #GeltArt. Make #GeltArt part of your Chanukah celebration tradition! In this article we'll guide you on a journey exploring the benefits of art and puzzle making celebrating Chanukah with your family and why is chocolate gelt good for you.

What is art

There are many things that are considered a form of art and that contribute to the making of art. Art has always been an important element of society and a way of expressing oneself. Art enriches the culture and civilization as a whole. There’s no doubt that art helped shape the entire human history and civilization. It helped us evolve in many ways we can’t even fathom. It is the ultimate form of expression whose aim is to inspire emotions and intrigue the observer. Without art world would simply be a boring place.

Benefits of art and creating art

From a medical and scientific point of view, art is highly beneficial to human well-being and has several benefits. Firstly, just being exposed to works of art can naturally decrease stress levels. Namely, according to a study by University of Westminster, participants’ stress levels signfiicanlty lowered after visiting a gallery. But that’s not all. Creating art is also a very effective way of relieving stress and a way of stimulating the brain and keeping it sharp. Brain is a muscle just like any other, and keeping it in top shape is important. That's why using art as an ultimate form of therapy is highly beneficial for our overall health. This all goes to show that art and exposure to art not only looks beautiful but also positively affects our mental as well as physical state.

Where does chocolate come from?

Believe or not - chocolate does grow on trees. The stuff that chocolate is made of grows on the tropical Theobroma cacao tree, more commonly known simply as “cacao.” The word ‘Theobroma’ actually comes from Greek and it translates to “the food for the gods”. As you may know, cacao tree is found in Africa, more specifically in Central and South Africa, but it is also grown for commercial purposes in some other parts as well.

Is chocolate healthy? How much chocolate should you eat per day?

Even though sweets are not always considered ‘good foods’, from a scientific standpoint chocolate can have positive effects on your body and mind. To put things into perspective, according to a scientific review by Rashed Latif published in the Netherlands Journal of Medicine moderate chocolate intake is good for your health. Cacao, which is the main ingredient of chocolate, holds ‘tremendous antioxidant potential’. Cacao helps fight aging, oxidative stress, manages blood pressure levels, and it also helps prevent atherosclerosis. Researches suggests that adults should eat about 6 - 7 grams of dark chocolate each day (meaning about a half a bar per week) This is not a lot, but it is the optimal amount to reap the healthy benefits. Knowing this, many doctors even recommend you should actually eat dark chocolate every day. (link -- )

Benefits of puzzles and problem solving activities

Cognitive abilities are brain skills we use every day. These are important brain functions including perception, memory, attention, language, motor skills, visual and spatial processing, etc. These skills can be improved if exercised. Puzzles and problem-solving tasks have been known to stimulate brain regions, and improve the connection between cells.Think of puzzles as the mental workout to keep your brain fit, and have some fun along the way.

Quality Time with Friends and Family

In today's modern and fast-paced world we are so consumed with our day-to-day job and obligations that it’s often easy to forget where are our priorities lie. As we get older time seems to fly, especially when you have so many responsibilities throughout the week. But it’s always important to set some time aside for your family and people in your life you care about. You need to remind yourself from time to time what really matters and what doesn’t. For example, if you celebrate Chanukkah, this is the perfect time for the year when your family are free and you can finally relax and have some fun. Creating something together is the best way to engage with your friends and family and spend some quality time with them that you will remember.

What is #GeltArt

Chanukkah gelt includes money and chocolate that is by tradition given to Jewish children during the 8-day festival of Chanukkah. It is an artwork made out of chocolate gelt, dreidels and other Chanukah supplies used for this purpose. Chocolate coins are a new way of giving children money, although many families still give children real money along with chocolate gelt. Using chocolate gelt is a great way to enrich your Chanukkah celebration and take it to the new level. If you’re out of ideas for Hanukkah, using chocolate gelt should definitely be on your list. Gelt Art is the fun family activity that should be part of every Chanukah celebration tradition. And when you combine the healthy benefits of chocolate, the Chanukkah gelt along with the family tradition you get a great Chanukkah decoration idea.

Published on 8/17/2016 Party Judaica LLC All Rights Reserved