- lifehacker March 26
Sure, those sweaters and hats your grandma knits you are great. But a new case study suggests that the process of knitting is even better than the result.
Sarah Huerta, who was diagnosed with PTSD after her brother died, found a creative outlet in knitting that relieved her pain and sadness. Huerta isn't alone: In a recent study of more than 3,500 knitters by The British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 81 percent of knitters with depression reported feeling happy after knitting.
Recent studies have also shown similar effects in subjects who participate in other forms of crafting and creative activities, including quilting or crossword puzzles. "Crafting can help those who suffer from anxiety, depression or chronic pain," said Jacque Wilson at CNN. "It may also ease stress, increase happiness and protect the brain from damage caused by aging."
Participating in crafts isn't a replacement for grief therapy, but it may help those in pain find an outlet to deal with their sorrow. And as an added bonus, you'll be the one giving homemade gifts next holiday season.- -
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- The U.S. Marines are developing laser weapons. Here's why.
- 10 things you need to know today: October 21, 2014
- 3 horrific inaccuracies in Homeland's depiction of Islamabad
- The one thing the New Atheists get right about religion
- How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- Gamergate has backfired spectacularly on its nincompoop perpetrators
- Why the Supreme Court is allowing Texas to hold an unconstitutional election
- Paul Krugman, Amazon, and the left's backwards view of book-industry titans
- Syrian women know how to defeat ISIS
Subscribe to the Week