Creative activities improve psychological well-being

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Creative activities improve psychological well-being

For a long time, creative activity was ridiculed and dismissed as an unproductive sideline. But now it turns out: Activities such as knitting, painting or making music are anything but ineffective – if you live out creatively, you do something good for your psyche in the long term. This is the conclusion of a study by American and New Zealand researchers published in the Journal of Positive Psychology .

For the study, the scientists asked 658 subjects to write down creative activities over a period of two weeks and to describe their well-being.

Those who are creative are happier
Analysis of the diaries revealed that those volunteers who engaged in more creative activities were more satisfied, more enthusiastic and happier the following day. Those test persons who were creatively active also showed a higher probability of pursuing this activity regularly.

However, the researchers were not able to find out a reverse effect, i.e. whether increased well-being led to more creative activities.

“These results support the thesis that daily creativity can be a means to ensure the well-being of our psyche,” the scientists conclude. They propose to focus more on the positive consequences of creative processes as a positive psychological action in the future.

So remember: the next time you swing the brush, it may not create a work of art – but your psyche will thank you anyway.

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