Your brain on crafts

knit hat meditating
The effects of crafting are similar to meditation

We love talking about how crafting positively impacts our health, and it seems that more research about the benefits of crafting is being published every day. CNN recently published an article titled “This is your brain on knitting,” describing many ways crafting contributes to good mental health. These findings are truly fascinating, even if we crafters are only using them to justify finishing “one more row.”

Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi describes flow as, “a few moments in time when you are so completely absorbed by an activity that nothing else seems to matter. Flow, Csikszentmihalyi says, is the secret to happiness — a statement he supports with decades of research.” Do you ever get so absorbed in your craft that you eventually glance at the clock and realize that hours have passed by in an instant? If so, you have achieved a state of flow, and you probably felt a great sense of satisfaction afterwards.

Jacque Wilson writes, “Crafting also improves our self-efficacy, Levisay says, or how we feel about performing particular tasks. Psychologists believe a strong sense of self-efficacy is key to how we approach new challenges and overcome disappointments in life. So realizing you can, in fact, crochet a sweater for your nephew can help you tackle the next big paper your teacher assigns.” Do you feel like you can take on the world after you’ve mastered a tricky technique or finished a complicated pattern? Take that feeling and apply it to anything else in life! Something may be difficult at first, but after some practice (and perhaps a few mistakes, AKA learning experiences) you’ll be on your way to becoming an expert.

How does crafting make you feel? Do you feel like you can accomplish anything, or do you feel a profound sense of happiness? If you crochet, take a moment to tell us why you love it and you’ll be entered to win a fun prize package!

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