The Benefits of Making


In our day-to-day lives, we are often bombarded with a lot of “stuff.” We are pulled in many directions at once. We are pushed to work, study and care for family and friends. We may even be responsible for a home or business to maintain. The amount of responsibility that is required to live a healthy life can be overwhelming. And, with all of this stuff that is constantly demanding our attention and energy, it can be easy to forget the most important things in life.

The act of making can provide an opportunity to pause and remember what is most important. It can also be a way to reconnect with yourself, and others, through meaningful and creative expression. Whether you are a DIY crafter, artist, or simply someone who likes to be hands-on with a project, crafting can have a positive impact on your health and well-being.

Crafting helps develop a range of cognitive skills. For example, it encourages patience, attention to detail and pattern recognition. It also allows children to practice reading instructions, which is an important skill for early literacy development. It can also help them learn that it is okay to make a mistake. They can find a solution by trying another method or asking for help from adults.

It can promote a sense of pride and accomplishment. Creating something from nothing can be very satisfying, especially when it turns out to be beautiful or useful. It can also give kids a chance to express their own creativity and style. Often, when we create something, we are able to see the end product in our mind and be proud of what we have accomplished.

The process of crafting can help relieve depression and anxiety. The repetitive nature of certain crafts such as knitting has been shown to release serotonin, a natural anti-depressant. It can also reduce pain perception by distracting the brain from physical discomfort.

Meaning making is a concept from learning theory that describes the way in which people interpret situations, events and objects. This is done by referencing one’s previous knowledge and experience, as well as available cultural resources. For example, if you were to lose a loved one, you might look at the situation as a tragedy or a test, while someone else might view it as a blessing. The best part about finding meaning is that it can be created in any way that works for you. It doesn’t need to be complex, but it should bring comfort and joy to your life.