A study has found that people who participate in arts and crafts feel happier, calmer and more energetic the next day.
The activities which the researchers listed also included cooking, baking, performing music, painting, drawing, sketching, digital design and creative writing.
All have in common that they are relaxed and creative.
Many of the more traditional activities cited by the researchers are popular with Women’s Institute members.
Janice Langley, chairman of the National Federation of Women's Institutes, told the Daily Mail: "WI members have enjoyed creative activities and crafts since the very first WI meeting in 1915, so it's great to hear this study has found some evidence that these interests could lead to increased wellbeing and creativity.
"We'd encourage everyone thinking of giving a new project a try just to get involved."
Read More: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/11/25/knitting-crocheting-jam-making-improve-mental-health-study-finds
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