Knitting, Painting, and Cooking Can Ward Off Stress in Students

A new research suggests that knitting, painting or cooking a meal from scratch can ward off stresses and depression in students. Researchers believe that such ‘old-fashioned’ activities may lead to an upward spiral of emotions in young adults.ward off stress

For their study, the researchers from the University of Otago in New Zealand asked 658 students to keep a daily diary of their experiences and emotional states over 13 days. Analysis of the received information shows a pattern of more enthusiasm and higher positive growth following days when the students were more creative.

Study author Dr Tamlin Conner says: “Overall, these findings support the emerging emphasis on everyday creativity as a means of cultivating positive psychological functioning.”

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Television May Kill Creative Abilities in Children, Scientists Warn

A new study from the United Kingdom finds that those kids who spend as much as 15 minutes or more per day in front of the TV may become less creative than those who read books or solve jigsaw puzzle. The research included 60 children of 3 years old at Staffordshire University.creative abilities

Psychology lecturer Dr Sarah Rose, who conducted the study, says: “While there was very little impact of TV on the number of creative ideas generated, there was clear evidence that the children came up with less original ideas immediately after watching television although these effects seemed to disappear after a short time. Over time if children are less creative in their play, this could negatively impact their development.”

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