As if you need another excuse to get creative, now science says you should. Looking for a happiness boost? Simple! Take up knitting.
Or if you prefer, try crocheting, baking, painting, creative writing... These pastimes can make the world of difference to our wellbeing, according to New Zealand researchers.
The team’s study of 658 people, published in The Journal of Positive Psychology, found those who enjoyed arts, craft and creative hobbies generally felt happier, calmer and more energetic the next day.
Other activities on the smile-lifting list: making music, sketching, cooking and digital design. So, everything from strumming on the guitar or digging out those drawing pencils to finishing that quilt and making jam on a Sunday afternoon. All the best things in life, right?
“Engaging in creative behaviour leads to increases in well-being the next day, and this increased well-being is likely to facilitate creative activity on the same day,” says Dr Tamlin Connor, lead author of the Otago University study.
“Overall, these findings support the emerging emphasis on everyday creativity as a means of cultivating positive psychological functioning.”
In short? Pass the wool, please! And kickstart your crafting with these essentials.