Knitting, crocheting, and jam-making have never been associated with great thrills. It turns out, they work wonders for well-being and good mental health. People who participate in arts and crafts feel happier and have a better mental health.
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The activities also included cooking, baking, performing music, painting, drawing, sketching and creative writing. All have in common that they are relaxed, creative and in the same time good for your mental health. Many of the more traditional activities cited by the researchers are popular with Women’s Institute members. The old traditional activities also can improve the women’s mental health.
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Janice Langley, chairman of the National Federation of Women’s Institutes, told: “WI members have enjoyed creative activities and crafts since the very first WI meeting in 1915”.
This study has found some evidence that can interest people and lead to increased well-being and happy mental health. It celebrated its centenary last year and there were 212,000 members.
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The study took place at Otago University, New Zealand, where 658 students were asked to keep diaries of their experiences and mental health over 13 days. Dr. Tamlin Connor, study’s lead author, said: “There is growing recognition in psychology research that creativity is associated with emotional functioning and good mental health. Most of this work focuses on how mental health benefits or hampers creativity. Can creativity benefits or hampers mental health?
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Creative behavior leads to increases in mental health the next day. This increased mental health 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.” The study, which was published in the Journal of Positive Psychology, found that the students showed more enthusiasm in a mental health term.