Engage in one of these activities and your mental health will thank you

Sherry Tadeja
PUBLISHED January 9, 2018 02:22 pm | UPDATED January 9, 2018 02:25 pm
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(Inside Manila) Relaxation differs from one person to another. For some, taking a downtime means reading, playing video games, sleeping, or doing physical activities. Surprisingly, this new study cites that peace of mind can also be achieved through arts and crafts, and culinary activities.


According to a study published in the Journal of Positive Psychology, it found that people who take on small creative projects regularly tend to be feeling happier in their day-to-day lives.


The study observed a group of 638 participants tracking their daily activities. In the end, they found high-levels of self-growth emerged among those who regularly take part in nifty activities like knitting, baking, cooking, creative writing and painting. Dr. Tamlin Conner, the study's lead author, points out that a carryover effect is seen in these activities.


“Engaging in creative behavior leads to increase in well-being the next day, and this increased well-being is likely to facilitate creative activity on the same day…Overall; these findings support the emerging emphasis on everyday creativity as a means of cultivating positive psychological functioning,”


There you have it, a healthy reason to continue arts and crafts, cooking, baking—probably eating too.

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