The Health Benefits of Crafting

Here are 10 ways crafting with friends may improve mind and brain wellness:

  1. Mental challenge and problem solving

  2. Social connection

  3. Mindfulness

  4. Development of hand-eye coordination, spatial awareness and fine motor dexterity

  5. Learning and teaching

  6. Focusing attention and thoughts on a task

  7. Encouraging active creativity

  8. Gives a sense of pride and achievement

  9. Teaches patience and perseverance

  10. Facilitates memory formation and retrieval

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Neuroscientist found that activities like cooking, drawing, photography, art, music, cake decorating and even doing crossword puzzles are beneficial to your health.

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Albert Einstein was reputed to have knitted between projects to "calm his mind and clear his thinking".

Creative activities impact the body in a way similar to meditation. It’s like yoga for your brain.

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Creativity is the route to authenticity. As we create, we plumb the depths of our being, accessing what we think and believe. The more we create, the more we discover  and realize our habits, impulses, and desires. When we take the time and energy to develop our own ideas, we respect our inner nature and are better able to express ourselves to the world on a regular basis.

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It always seems impossible until its done.   Nelson Mandela