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Does writing Chinese calligraphy really make people live longer?

What's the reason?  Does writing Chinese calligraphy really make people live longer?Let's look at the results first, and then analyze the reasons!

Medical experts have found that calligraphy ranks first among the 20 occupations that can make people live longer.  It is not difficult to see from the longevity of the following ancient and modern calligraphers that the study of calligraphy is of great benefit to human fitness.  In history, there are many longevity calligraphers.

In the past, some people thought that hard work and hard work would damage physical and mental health and affect longevity. In fact, this is wrong, but the truth reflects that writing Chinese calligraphy can make people live longer.

Give some examples:

Yu Shinan was 80 years old in the Sui and Tang dynasties; Yan Zhenqing was 79 years old when he was murdered in the Tang Dynasty; Liu Gongquan was 88 years old when he died; Wen Zhengming was 90 years old when he died in the Ming Dynasty; Dong Qichang lived to 82 years old; 

Yu Yue was 86 years old in the Qing Dynasty  At that time, it was written by Zhang Ji of the governor of Jiangsu in the Tang Dynasty poem "Fengqiao Night Mooring". The rubbings of this book are widely circulated at the moment of a monument; Weng Fang Gangshou is 85 years old; Bao Shichenshou is 81 years old; Wu Changshuo is 84  year old.

The relatively long-lived ancient calligraphers listed above, if they lived today, they would all be centenarians.  With the advancement of medicine, people's living standards continue to improve, and the life span of calligraphers is getting longer and longer.  In modern history, a large number of well-known calligraphy and longevity have emerged.  Below we will focus on it.

▶ 90 years old◀

Huang Binhong (1865~1955), a famous painter and scholar in modern times.  He is good at landscape painting and is a master of landscape painting.  At the age of six, he studied landscape and studied flowers and birds from Zheng Shan and Chen Chongguang.  

Intensive study of tradition and attention to sketching go hand in hand. In the early years, it was influenced by the "Xin'an School of Painting". It was characterized by dry brush, light ink, light and light, and it was "Bai Binhong";  "Hei Binhong".  

His techniques are applied to Li Liufang, Cheng Yun, and Fan Can, Hongren, etc., but he also complies with various schools in the Song and Yuan Dynasties.  The work emphasizes the unification of the fictitiousness, the complexity, the simplicity, and the density of the composition; 

 the pen is like making seals, listening and practicing dignified, vigorous, and rigorous in the pen, there is a sense of vertical and horizontal strangeness.  His calligraphy "Zhong Ding" is profound.  His painting style is vigorous and vigorous, with profound artistic conception.  

Even flowers, birds, grasses and insects are also unique.  He is the author of "A Research on the Origin of Huangshan Painters", "A Talk on Honglu Painting", and "The Essentials of Painting Techniques".


▶ 93 years old◀

Qi Gong (1912~2005), Chinese calligrapher, calligraphy and painting connoisseur.  The character is Bo, and the other is Yuan Bai.  Manchu.  The surname is Aixinjueluo, the ninth grandson of Emperor Yongzheng.  

He is good at the study of classical literature and ancient philology, and once taught at Fu Jen Catholic University.  After 1949, he served as professor of Beijing Normal University, consultant of the Palace Museum, chairman of the National Cultural Relics Appraisal Committee, chairman of the Chinese Calligraphers Association, and executive director of the Chinese Buddhist Association.  

 He wrote "Ancient Typefaces", "Poetry and Prose", "Qigong Series Draft", "A Hundred Quatrains on Calligraphy", etc., published "Qigong Calligraphy and Calligraphy Photo Album" and various calligraphy anthologies.


▶ 93 years old◀

Shu Tong (1905~1998), male, named Wenzao, also known as Yilu.  A native of Dongxiang County, Jiangxi Province.  Master of calligraphy.  The former first secretary of the Shandong Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China, 

the secretary of the Shaanxi Provincial Committee, the vice president of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Academy of Military Sciences, the first chairman of the Chinese Calligraphers Association, and a member of the CPC Central Advisory Committee.


 ▶ 93 years old◀ 

Qi Baishi (1864~1957) was born in Dangshan, Suzhou, Anhui. He was born in Xiangtan, Changsha, Hunan (now Xiangtan, Hunan).  The original name is Chunzhi, the name is Weiqing, and the name is Lanting.  

Later, it was renamed Huang, with the word "Xiansheng", named Baishi, Baishishanweng, Lao Ping, Hungry Old Man, the owner of the mountain yin hall, the old man in Jipingtang, and the rich man with three hundred stone seals.  

He is a master of modern Chinese painting and a world cultural celebrity.  He worked as a woodworker in his early years, and later made a living selling paintings, and settled in Beijing at the age of 57.  

 He is good at painting flowers, birds, insects, fish, landscapes, and figures. His pen and ink are strong and moist, the colors are bright and lively, the modeling is simple and vivid, and the artistic conception is simple and simple.  

Fishes, shrimps, insects and crabs are made with great interest.  Qi Baishi's calligraphy and seal scripting were based on the tablets of the Qin and Han dynasties. 


He used to be the honorary professor of the Central Academy of Fine Arts and the chairman of the Chinese Artists Association.  Representative works include "The Sound of Frog Ten Miles Out of the Mountain Spring", "Mo Shrimp" and so on. 

He is the author of "White Stone Poems" and "The Self-reports of Old Man Baishi" and so on.


 ▶ 94 years old◀ 

 He Xiangning (1878~1972), the owner of Shuangqing, was born in Nanhaimian Village, Guangdong (now Nanhai District, Foshan City), born in Hong Kong, Chinese painter, and Chinese democratic revolutionist.  

Ms. He Xiangning is a close comrade-in-arms of Mr. Sun Yat-sen and the revolutionary partner of Mr. Liao Zhongkai.  She is not only an outstanding revolutionary and political activist, but also a famous painter who enjoys a high reputation at home and abroad, and she is also good at calligraphy.  

His works include "Lion", "Plum Blossom", "Gao Song Picture", etc. He has published painting collections such as "He Xiangning Painting Collection", "He Xiangning Poetry Painting Collection", "Shuangqing Poetry Painting Collection" and so on.


 ▶ 95 years old◀ 

Xiao Xian (1902-1997), the most famous female calligrapher in contemporary China, the word Zhiqiu, Hao Xiege, the owner of the Shuzhenqin room, a native of Guiyang City, Guizhou Province, and his father Xiao Tieshan is a follower of Mr. Sun Yat-sen and a famous  A member of the Southern Society, works in poetry and writing, good at calligraphy and calligraphy;

 Xiao Xianyou inherited the court instruction, and was famous for being good at writing big characters at a young age; in 1964, he was absorbed as a librarian of the Jiangsu Museum of Literature and History.  She held a book fair at the Jiangsu Art Museum, which lasted for a month. 

This book fair fully demonstrated her artistic level and style. It is one of the largest, longest, and largest book fairs in Jiangsu Province since the founding of the People’s Republic of China.  Guiyang Cuiwei Pavilion Guanyouwei Xiao Xian's works exhibition hall.


 ▶ 95 years old◀

Xiao Longshi (1889 ~ 1990), the original name is Pin No. 1, with the word Hanyun, the house is named Moquzhai, and the hall is Baishoutang.  A native of Xiaoxian, Xuzhou Prefecture, Jiangsu Province.  He graduated from the Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts in his early years and studied under the master Qi Baishi in the 1940s. 

He is an outstanding modern and contemporary Chinese calligraphy and painting artist and art educator.  With a generation of masters such as Li Keran, Li Kuchan, and Xu Linlu, his painting and calligraphy style inherited the Yangzhou Eight Eccentrics, 

Wu Changshuo, Qi Baishi, and started the Jianghuai Freehand Painting School.  The traditional calligraphy skills are profound, until the age of a hundred, the inscriptions are still strong.


▶103 years old◀

Sun Mofo (1884~1987) was formerly known as Sun Pengnan with the word Yunzhai. He used to use the name Sun Wei, the word Yaotian, the name Meiyuan, the other name Tiantongshanren, and the old man of Jianmen.  

People from Laiyang, Shandong.  Famous calligrapher.  In 1907, he entered Qingdao Dutch University to study.  In 1911, he studied military at the Shandong Military Academy.  


In his early years, he served as the Secretary of the General Command of the Northern Guards Corps, Mr. Sun Yat-sen joined the army in the Presidential Palace, the Secretary of the Henan Provincial Government, and the Secretary of the Construction Department of the Shandong Provincial Government.  After 1952, he was a librarian of the Central Museum of Literature and History.  

He followed Liu University's classmates to calligraphy since he was a child, and was later taught by Wang Yin and Kang Youwei.  Beginner to learn the Wei stele, and then come to the "two kings", next to seal, official, Zhang Cao and so on.


In his middle age, he switched to Crazy Grass, and later specialized in Sun Guoting's Book Book  Served as a member of the Central Solidarity Committee of the National Revolutionary Committee, an honorary director of the Chinese Calligraphers Association, 

and a director of the Zhongshan Painting and Calligraphy Association.  The old man of the Revolution of 1911.  His son is Sun Tianmu, a northern landscape painter and a master of Chinese painting.


▶104 years old◀

Zhu Qizhan (May 27, 1892-April 20, 1996), male, Han nationality, from Taicang, Jiangsu, copied ancient paintings since the age of eight, traveled to Japan twice to study oil painting in the middle age, and focused on oil painting after the 1950s  Chinese painting, good at landscapes, flowers, especially orchids, bamboo and stones.  

The creation inherits the tradition, integrates the Chinese and the West, and is committed to innovation. His pen and ink are vigorous and magnificent, with distinctive national characteristics and personal style. 

Before his death, he served as a professor at the Shanghai Academy of Art, director of the Institute of Western Painting Department, and a consultant for the Chinese Artists Association.  Published works include "Zhu Qizhan Painting Collection", "Pisiju Painting Talk", "Zhu Qizhan Painting Selection" and so on.


 ▶109 years old◀

Su Juxian (1882.1.1-1991.12.30) was born in Zhoupu Town, Nanhui County, Shanghai, with the word Yuguo and his room name Donghu Villa (Zhou Pu Shiyu. There is "Donghu Villa Hundred Nine Poems"), Shuishiju (with "Water  Shiju Poems"), Liaoeju (there is "Liaoeju Poems").  

 Scholars in the Qing Dynasty (1906).  Engaged in education for a long time.  Gong poetry and calligraphy.  In his early years, he wrote Liu and Yan Kaishu, and later specialized in Wang Xizhi's "Lanting Preface".


Let us analyze why writing Chinese calligraphy or painting Chinese painting makes people live longer.

Modern scientific research has proved that the earlier the nervous work of the human brain starts and the longer it lasts, the slower the aging rate of humans will be.  Therefore, if people want to age slowly, they must maintain mental and physical activities.  

However, when the workload and the amount of exercise are small after retirement, the middle-aged and elderly people need not only the muscles and bones of the limbs, but also the thinking movement of the brain. Both are essential for longevity.  And calligraphy is the combination of these two, so there is a scientific basis for saying that calligraphy can make people live longer.


In order to be able to write Chinese calligraphy characters well, before creating, one must always "appreciate some of the previous works, and it is precisely because the state at this time is to concentrate on research, quietly thinking, and chatting with friends about creative ideas, and try to be upright and upright.  

Means: do what you like, and be dedicated and attentive. When you do what you like, you will be very happy, with a smile on your face, especially every stroke of the male Chinese calligraphy  , Are all poured into your joy, and this focused energy is released into the Chinese characters of Chinese calligraphy through the eyes, hands, and heart, truly achieving the realm of the characters as human beings, and the effect is great for physical and mental health.

Why are there so many birthday stars among calligraphers?  Because calligraphy is a kind of artistic work that combines physical activity and full strength on the tip of the pen, practicing calligraphy and Tai Chi have the same effect.  There is a nursing home that uses three methods: fishing, calligraphy, and Tai Chi to treat neurasthenia. In the end, calligraphy has the best effect.

adjust emotion

Traditional Chinese medicine believes: "People have the five internal organs to transform the five qi into happiness, anger, sorrow, and fear." Too much emotions can cause visceral qi to be out of balance.  Calligraphy can adjust the mentality and stabilize the mood.  

In ecstasy, Xi Shu can concentrate and concentrate; in anger, he can be depressed and calm; in sadness, he can relax the depression in his chest and be happy; when he is thinking, he can transfer emotions and express emotions;  When frightened, he can look calm and calm down.  

It can be seen that calligraphy can regulate emotions and promote people's physical and mental health.  It can be said that calligraphy is a non-drug therapy for the prevention and treatment of psychosomatic diseases.

Cultivating sentiment

The Han culture has a long history.  Ancient books record Cangjie’s creation of characters. Although it is a legend, the form of the characters and the script reflects the author’s artistic conception and spiritual and emotional sustenance of things.  

Tang Yu Shinan's "Soul of the Book" said: "The yin and yang are dynamic, and all things are formed." The seal script is elegant and simple in shape; the official script is round and beautiful; the regular script is rigorous and clear; the running script is free and easy, and the cursive script is elegant and unrestrained.  Although they have different styles, they all show rhythmic natural beauty.  

As said in "Huainanzi", "beauties have different bodies, and beautiful people have different aspects, but they are all pleasing to the eye", which makes people feel the enjoyment of beauty.  Speaking is the voice of the heart, and the book is the painting of the heart. Practicing calligraphy can undoubtedly cultivate people's sentiment, give life to positive vitality, and make people sublimate in art, vision, mind, cultivation, and temperament.  

The pleasure when you write, the joy when you create, the rewards when you publish or exhibit your work, all kinds of beautiful information, will stimulate the brain to secrete benign substances, which is very good for improving the body’s immunity and disease resistance help.

Form and mind

Calligraphy embodies the unity of form and spirit.  "Formed as the House of God".  The maintenance of the body is to move, and move to maintain the shape.  

When writing the pen, the position of the finger is firm, the palm is weak, and the wrist is flat; in writing, the wrist and the elbow are suspended, and the movements such as forward and backward, left-handed and right-handed, 

upward and downward bending, not only regulate the muscles and nerves of the arm, but also make  Fingers, arms, shoulders, back, waist, and legs are also exercised, and this exercise is soothing and non-violent; it is moderate and non-extraordinary.  

This moderate movement embodied in calligraphy runs through the guiding connotation of "shaking the muscles and bones and moving the limbs".   "God is the lord of form", the Qing Dynasty health careist Cao Tingdong advocated: "Keeping calm is the first task of health care".  


Calmness is to rejuvenate the mind, while nourishment is to keep the shape.  When you study calligraphy, you are fully absorbed in your mind. People's mind is pure, calm, and has little desire. The mind is not disturbed by external things. 

In the face of the trend of chasing fame and fortune, they are willing to be poor and abide by loneliness, balance the yin and yang in the body, and ensure the stable state of the environment in the body.  

Delay the cell division cycle, the body's qi and blood change at a minimum, and the metabolism is relatively slow.  Calligraphy can nourish the mind, nourish the mind, and effectively reduce or avoid psychological interference with physiology, leaving all distracting thoughts out of the sky. 

This kind of whole-hearted dedication is no less effective than practicing Qigong and Tai Chi.  Practicing calligraphy, nurture both body and spirit, so that the calligrapher's body and spirit are unified, and the mind and body are unified, so that they can live health and long life.

to sum up

In fact, practicing calligraphy and painting is a kind of qigong exercise.  Since ancient times, many calligraphers and painters have consciously or unconsciously used qigong to practice calligraphy to paint.  

This is because calligraphy and painting and qigong have many similarities in basic mechanisms such as "clearing the spirit and calming qi", "intentional guidance", and "Qi Guanxingzhu". 

This makes traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy achieve the same level of health preservation and longevity.  Qigong is a wonderful way to reach the same goal by different routes.  It's no wonder that the ancients have always said that "life comes from the end of the pen".

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