In research studies, taking part in crafting activities led to greater rejuvenation, arousal, inspiration, feeling positively engaged and feelings of happiness. Also, crafts were used in the rehabilitation of soldiers following World War II, and found to be a joyous activity, to improve confidence, reduce tension and promote creativity.
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References: "Rejuvenation in the making. Lingering mood repair in textile handcrafters", in Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts", Collier AF & Von Karolyl C (2014); and "Handcraft Activities during Rehabilitation Program", Ferdouse J (2013)