Fanny packs and Crystal Pepsi aren’t the only things making a comeback. Coloring books are back—but in a grown-up way. And these new bestselling books are drawing attention. 12 million adult coloring books sold in the last year alone, according to Nielson.
Get ready to scribble and smile, amateur artists: We have some printable pages for your colored pencil pleasure. But before you fill in the lines, learn how coloring can benefit you:
• Soothes Stress
Adult coloring removes focus from stressful feelings and re-centers them in a productive and positive way.
• Alleviates Anxiety
Like coloring, fear of the dentist isn’t just for kids. 20% of adults experience anxiety when visiting the dentist. Anxiety levels dropped when adults began coloring, according to a 2005 study. Dentists and doctors are even adding pages to their waiting rooms, in hopes of calming patients.
• Spreads Smiles
Though no formal studies have been conducted, coloring enthusiasts claim that coloring makes them feel happier and mentally clearer.