benefits of creativity

Every day, thousands of people are using their hands again — not just to Google or take a selfie - but to make things. Ground-breaking new research by BBC Arts and University College London (UCL) recently revealed that a small amount of creativity can help you cope with modern life.

Trying new creative activities is particularly good for our emotions and wellbeing. The Great British Creativity Test found that getting hands-on with something new and creative is important regardless of skill level, it is the taking part that counts.

It highlighted 3 main ways creativity can help manage emotions and boost wellbeing:

1: a distraction tool

using creativity to avoid stress

2: a contemplation tool 

using creativity to give us the mind space to

reassess problems and make plans

3. a means of self-development 

to face challenges by building up self-esteem and confidence

"This study is the first to show the cognitive strategies the brain uses to regulate our emotions when we’re taking part in creative activities."

Dr Daisy Fancourt

Other benefits of arts & crafts include...

"Everybody has creative potential and from the moment you can express this...you can change the world"- Paulo Coelho

"every child is an artist. the problem is how to remain one when you grow up"- pablo picasso