The New Therapy: Coloring Books For Adults

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Busy, hardworking adults will go to great lengths to find the time to unwind and relax and just take it easy. Some are now turning to a new stress-reducer that is gaining popularity and is something that most people haven’t done since elementary school — coloring.

Yes, seriously, coloring. As in coloring book, coloring. As it turns out, coloring is therapeutic.

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Producers of coloring books for adults can’t seem to print them fast enough.

Illustrator, Johanna Basford’s “Secret Garden” is in the top ten on Amazon’s Best Seller list, ahead of Harper Lee’s much anticipated “Go Set a Watchman.” And Basford’s two coloring books are entirely sold out, as are illustrator, Lisa Congdon’s three “Just Add Color” books.

“The popularity of coloring books right now is part of that larger movement to break away from the hustle and bustle of life and sort of the internet you know this urge to constantly look at our phone or our computer or check our email,” said Congdon.

Shyla Jannusch’s adult-themed facebook group, called “Coloring for All,” has gained nearly 1,500 members in less than three months. Jannusch said she is able to “shut the whole world off when I’m into my coloring book,” but…