04 Jan Can two hours a week of creativity a week make you happier?
Can two hours a week of creativity a week make you happier? There has been a recent move by the health industry to encourage us to spend more time meditating, sitting in peaceful solitude, and in to engage in creative activities. The evidence for the benefits of this have been mounting over the past quarter century, and a recent study found that spending just two or more hours a week in creative activity improves happiness.
They found that engaging in creative activities helps us relax, and reduces not only stress, but also anxiety and depression. Creativity also helps us improve in confidence, self-esteem, self-understanding, and in our overall happiness.
After analyzing the results, they found that just two hours a week provides the lowest amount of creative activity to see a benefit – the more creative time invested, the greater the improvements in mental health. The starting point for seeing benefits was 100 hours a year, a surprisingly low threshold.
Could you do with less stress and more happiness? If so, can you find two hours a week – just 20 minutes each weekday or an hour each day at weekends, to be creative? If so, come back soon for new ways to increase your creativity – and happiness!