I know from personal experience that when I’m feeling down, or recovering from a cold or other illness, that being creative can help. Whether it’s working on some writing, something more crafty like my leather working, or even something else, I feel a lot better. And the great thing is that scientific research backs up my findings.
In fact, a quick google search of “creativity and health benefits” show up a plethora of articles showing that creative people live happier, healthier lives. I know a lot of knitters, needle workers, writers, and other creative people, so that’s great news for them.
Here are just a few of the articles:
Creativity linked to healthy aging (MSNBC, 05/03/04)
Creativity can keep you healthy (Everyday Health, 12/2009)
The Many Benefits of Being Creative (ELDR, 05/2008)
The Hidden Benefits of Being Creative (This Old Brain, 2011)
So what creative undertaking are you planning for this weekend?