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Get out those knitting needles and that glue gun. Crafting is good for you.

Environmental psychologists have, for years, been discussing the many ways that our possessions make us feel good. Adding objects that silently communicate who we are as a person to our homes and offices reduces both our own stress levels and those of the people who view them.

It seems that crafting those “silent messengers” is a particularly good idea.

Riley, Corkhill, and Morris reported in a 2013 issue of The British Journal of Occupational Therapy “a significant relationship between knitting frequency and feeling calm and happy. More frequent knitters also reported higher cognitive functioning. Knitting in a group impacted significantly on perceived happiness, improved social contact and communication with others.”

It seems fair to extrapolate from this research with knitting to conclude that other sorts of crafting that feature calm, repetitive actions may also boost quality of life.

Other studies have shown that crafting seems to slow cognitive aging.

The mantra of the most effective wellbeing gurus may well be “knit one, purl one, repeat.