Wanna Get Happy? Pause Netflix, And Pick Up A Pen Or A Paint Brush

Getting your creative juices flowing might just give your mental health a boost, according to a new study.

Researchers from Otago University in New Zealand studied 658 students and found that after engaging in one of several crafty pastimes, participants not only felt happier and more relaxed the next day, but also had more energy.

The activities whose mental benefits were noted in the study included knitting, baking, crocheting, jam-making, cooking, performing music, painting, drawing, sketching, digital design and creative writing.

The researchers made note that the upswing in mood motivated by these activities was not a fleeting one.

“Engaging in creative behavior leads to increases in well-being the next day,” said the study’s lead author, Dr. Tamlin Connor. “And this increased well-being is likely to facilitate creative activity on the same day.”

If this doesn't convince you to hit pause on the endless shame spiral that is your latest Netflix binge and pick up a pair of knitting needles, we're not sure what will. 

h/t The Independent.

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