Engaging in Creative Activities Can Help Increase Well-Being

by Hannah Joy on  November 25, 2016 at 5:57 PM Mental Health News   - G J E 4
Including creative activities in your daily schedule can improve your well-being and psychological function.
Engaging in Creative Activities Can Help Increase Well-Being
Engaging in Creative Activities Can Help Increase Well-Being

The well-being of an individual is definitely increased with inclusion of activities, mainly creative activities like poetry writing, song writing, cooking, etc., helps the individual to succeed much higher.

‘Engaging in regular creative activity could lead to more enthusiasm and improvement in psychological function.’
"Engaging in creative behaviour leads to increases in well-being the next day, and this increased well-being is likely to facilitate creative activity on the same day," said lead researcher Tamlin Conner from University of Otago in New Zealand.

In their study, the researchers asked 658 university students to keep a daily diary of their experiences and emotional states over 13 days.

After analyzing the diaries the researchers found a pattern of the participants feeling more enthusiasm and higher "flourishing" than usual following days when they were more creative.

Flourishing is a psychological concept that can be described as increasing positive growth in oneself.

While the current study did not specifically ask the university students to record the nature of their creative activity, the researchers had collected such information informally in an earlier study.

They found that the most common examples reported were songwriting; creative writing (poetry, short fiction); knitting and crochet; making new recipes; painting, drawing, and sketching; graphic and digital design; and musical performance as published in the Journal of Positive Psychology.

Source: IANS

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