People who knit and crochet lead happier lives, study finds

Do you like arts and crafts? Well, if you don’t have a positive answer to them, it turns out your day-to-day life might actually be more stressful than someone who does.

In fact, it turns out that one study found that people who participate in arts and crafts feel “happier, calmer, and more energized” than those who don’t.

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What exactly is so soothing about it, and what activities are best for calming your nerves after a long day? According to the researchers, some of the best calming crafts included: cooking, baking, music, painting, drawing, digital design, creative writing, knitting, crocheting and jam making.

These crafts are perfect for getting your creativity flowing and relaxing, giving your brain much-needed time to get away from your stressors and just focus on having fun.

Try not to focus too much on your crafts, which actually leads to more stress. If this starts to happen, try to remind yourself that it’s something you need to keep doing and it’s meant to be a calming activity.

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“There is growing recognition in psychology research that creativity is associated with emotional functioning,” said study lead author Dr. Tamlin Connor. “Engaging in creative behavior leads to increased well-being the next day, and this increased well-being is likely to facilitate creative activity the same day.”

The study was published in the Journal of Positive Psychology and found that students who engaged in these calming exercises were more enthusiastic and happier the days after participating in arts and crafts.

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The results also showed that being creative was actually good for your emotional and mental health, and helped cultivate “positive psychological functioning”, which is really good news at the end of such a tumultuous year.

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All that time spent in quarantine watching random Youtube videos might have finally paid off. Take the time to learn the guitar and try to seduce your crush like it’s an 80s movie. Learn to sew so you can recreate your favorite looks from your favorite 80s movies.

So the next time you want to take a break and get back on your feet, don’t stay in front of the TV. Instead, opt for a creative activity! This will cause you to be calmer, happier, and overall more motivated about your life in the days ahead.

And maybe you might even find that you have a knack for one of your chosen professions. I’m going to take this new study and try to learn French. I haven’t been successful the last 5 times I’ve tried it, but the sixth time the charm.

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Mr. Najjar has been a YourTango contributor since 2016.