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This Is Your Brain on Knitting

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  • Crafting allows you to forget about your worries, obligations, and even physical pains. This phenomenon, called “flow,” is a key reason why crafting is phenomenal for your mental and emotional health
  • Engaging in “purposeful and meaningful activities” stimulates your neurological system, counters the effects of stress-related diseases, reduces the risk of dementia, and enhances health and well-being
  • Research has shown a strong relationship between knitting frequency and feeling calm and happy. Those who reported frequent knitting also reported higher cognitive functioning
  • For the most benefits, find an activity that is mentally stimulating and purposeful for you. It should be an activity that requires your undivided attention and gives you great satisfaction

By Dr. Mercola

More than half of US households craft at least once a year, but for some it becomes a daily pastime. If you're an avid crafter – knitting, quilting, scrapbooking, etc. – you've probably lost yourself in a project on more than one occasion.


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