According to studies conducted by the University College and members of the Crafts Council and Museums Association in the UK, engaging in arts and crafts can alleviate symptoms of anxiety, depression, and loneliness, lowers inflammation and stress hormones such as cortisol in the body, and may even protect against dementia.
In a related article published by Mind Body Green neuroscientist Betsan Corkhill surveyed more than 3,500 knitters on the therapeutic benefits of crafting. More than half of the respondents reported feeling happier, more relaxed, and more creative after knitting, similar to the benefits of other mindfulness practices. Frequent crafters say they generally feel calmer, happier, and more confident. The study also found that people who knit or craft in a group are happier than solo crafters.
Crafting with friends can support greater mind and body wellness. Experiencing a sense of social connection that is deepened through a shared focus on a common task and engaging in creativity together is a fun way to strengthen bonds with others.