Why Crafting Is Great For Your Brain

Here is a little excerpt from and article about some interesting finding by a neuroscientist…do you need more convincing?

Why Crafting Is Great For Your Brain: A Neuroscientist Explains
By Dr. Sarah McKay
June 24, 2014

“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

Others have likened crafting to entering a state of “flow,” what positive psychologist Mihály Csíkszentmihályi describes as “a state of concentration or complete absorption with the activity at hand and the situation. It is a state in which people are so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter.”

Neuroscientists are beginning to understand how mindfulness, meditation and experiencing ‘flow’ impact the brain. Research shows these practices improve depression, anxiety, coping style in the face of adversity, improve quality of life, and significantly reduce stress. All vital for maintaining brain health and well-being.”

Number 11: added by me… it’s just Great fun!!! I rest my case 🙂

Have a great weekend!

Happy stamping,

Angela