We all have our go-to solutions after a hard day - everything from bubble baths, watching reality TV with a glass of wine in hand or heading out on a nice long walk. Turns out, science has the answer - and it's going to make all future bad days, good days.
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According to new research, the best way to fix a bad mood is with baking. The study, published by the University of Otago in New Zealand, suggests that everyday creative activities like cooking and baking lead to increased wellbeing.
So, you can have your cake and eat it too.
The research, which was published in the Journal of Positive Psychology, reviewed the diaries of 658 university students who were asked to keep a record of their daily activities and emotional states over 13 days. After analysing the diaries, researchers found that in the days following creative activities like cooking, participants reported higher levels of enthusiasm and flourishing (a psychological term that refers to increased personal growth within oneself).
Dr Tamlin Conner, psychologist and lead author of the Otago study, said in a press release that the new study highlights the importance of engaging in everyday creative activities: "Our earlier research found that positive affect appears to increase creativity during the same day, but our latest findings show that there is no cross-day effect. Rather, it is creative activity on the previous day that predicts wellbeing the next."
The new results shouldn't come as a surprise though, with cooking and baking often used as a form of behavioural therapy to help improve mental health.
Somebody pass the rolling pin!