The Benefits of Making

When we think about making, the term may conjure up images of crafting, cooking or DIY projects. However, there’s more to making than that. Whether it’s sewing, baking, growing plants or working with wood, creating with our hands is much more than just a hobby. It’s a practice that offers an array of benefits to both our physical and mental wellbeing.

When you make, you cultivate a sense of purpose. This can boost happiness, lower stress levels and even help with depression and anxiety. It can also provide a sense of achievement. In fact, many of the people I know who spend a lot of time creating with their hands describe it as their “therapy.” They’re right. Studies have shown that doing something creative like gardening, knitting or even scribbling in your journal while on hold during a phone call can lower stress levels, increase productivity and even enhance your mood.

But it’s important to distinguish between making for the sake of it and crafting for the purpose of achieving something meaningful. The difference is similar to that between rushing home after a long day at the lab to cook a meal so you can eat before passing out versus taking your time to prepare a special banana pie for a loved one. While both can be fulfilling, the latter will more likely send you into flow than the former.

Another benefit of making is that it helps you learn new skills. Whether you’re doing a simple paper flower or a complex weaving, you can gain a greater understanding of the materials at hand. This, in turn, can help you create better work. It can also open up a whole new world of potential ideas for your future projects.

Finally, making is a great way to save money. You can find a variety of craft supplies online or at your local art and crafts store. You can also use repurposed items, such as old bottles and juice cartons, to create fun projects with your kids or friends.

The humble pipe cleaner is a real crafting staple. They’re easy to find in most stores and can be used to make everything from bracelets and crowns to cactuses and peacocks. If you’re looking for a more hands-on project, check out Gathered’s collection of a wide range of kid friendly popsicle stick crafts that can be made using this versatile material.

In addition to learning a new skill, crafting can be a great way to spend time with your family and friends. It’s a wonderful way to bond and have fun while bringing some creativity into your life. It also helps keep your mind sharp, which is always a plus.