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Creative Kirklees / News / Mon 20 May 2019

Even Minimal Creative Activity Boosts Wellbeing, Research Finds

Even Minimal Creative Activity Boosts Wellbeing, Research Finds

A study of 50,000 people has shown that regardless of the skill behind it, taking part in creative activity helps people manage their emotions, build confidence and explore solutions to problems – even a brief amount of time spent on a creative pastime has powerful benefits for personal wellbeing (BBC Arts).

A survey of 50,000 people across the UK found that taking part in activities such as painting, pottery or music has helped a great deal with their wellbeing. The survey showed that creativity is used:

- As a distraction tool to avoid stress
- As a contemplation tool, creating the mental space to reassess problems and make plans
- For self-development, building self-esteem and confidence.

The study found that live face-to-face activities such as singing in a choir or taking part in a group painting class were the most effective, but even isolated online creative activity led to a positive impact.

The findings have been used to create an online test which you can take here: The test will provide respondents with a personalised ‘feel good formula, using the three key coping mechanisms identified.

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