What Scientists Say…

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There is a Connection Between Crafting, Ease of Stress, and Happiness!  

It might seem pretty obvious that there are benefits for engaging in activities that bring out your creative side, however, there’s actually scientific evidence that taking on a creative project will enhance your day-to-day enjoyment of life.

Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi first described this phenomenon as “flow: a few moments in time when you are so completely absorbed by an activity that nothing else seems to matter.” “When we are involved in (creativity), we feel that we are living more fully than during the rest of life,” Csikszentmihalyi said during a TED talk in 2004. 

Among the many reasons for delving into your craft, scientific evidence shows that doing so will encourage the production of Dopamine, which is a chemical found naturally in the human body. Dopamine is responsible for allowing you to feel pleasure, satisfaction and motivation. If that isn’t reason enough to get crafting, there’s also the total enjoyment of seeing a project through from start to finish and feeling a sense of accomplishment in the process! 

Whether you’re engaging in knitting, basketweaving, baking or gardening, research shows that creative activities help to improve mood and lower stress. Research published by University College London’s MARCH mental health network – formed in 2018, with members including the Crafts Council and the Museums Association – shows that, “the effort, multi-sensory engagement, repetitive actions and anticipation of satisfaction involved in making something are related to the release of neurotransmitters that promote joy and well-being, while also reducing stress hormones.”

For centuries people have mastered their favorite crafts with much enjoyment and satisfaction. It’s comforting to know that scientific evidence shows these activities serve an important place in our lives and have greater benefits to our mood and well-being than we could have imagined.

Given these points, if you still need a reason to fit creativity into your day, think not only of the positive impact that activity will have on your mind and body, but how happy you’ll be to see the end result of your effort!

Happy crafting!

This is Your Brain on Crafting https://www.cnn.com/2014/03/25/health/brain-crafting-benefits/index.html

4 Reasons Craft is Good For Your Mental Health https://www.craftscouncil.org.uk/stories/4-reasons-craft-good-your-mental-health

British Journal of Occupational Therapy https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/030802260406700305?casa_token=6cNl99MAblsAAAAA:VAVrSTSTRkayZYA1MfvAMS69iOnMUYph2Wzb3uGgwjeMdE1barh8z0137USCespa1P5BBzIo2uW8-A

Reduction of Cortisol Levels and Participants’ Responses Following Art Making https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/07421656.2016.1166832