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Baking and cooking found to improve well-being


Baking is commonly referred to as a great way to get rid of any stress. We couldn’t agree more, kneading dough is a personal preference for a stress reliever.

Hobbies such as knitting and baking are commonly praised for their therapeutic benefits, but new research has found that crafty exercises do help to improve wellbeing and mental health. No wonder the teams at our bakeries in Corby are always so happy!

The research by Otago University in New Zealand followed over 600 students’ emotional states and experiences over a 13-day period. The students were reviewed on how well they responded to performing music, painting, drawing and creative writing, amongst other things. What all the activities had in common were that they were both relaxing and creative. The results showed that those engaging in craft-based activities were happier and more relaxed in their everyday lives.

What’s interesting about the findings is that the positive effects from creative activity were found to roll into the next day too. “Overall, these findings support the emerging emphasis on everyday creativity as a means of cultivating positive psychological functioning,” explained Dr Tamlin Connor, the study’s lead author.

“Engaging in creative behaviour leads to increases in wellbeing the next day, and this increased wellbeing is likely to facilitate creative activity on the same day.”

We love baking, so we didn’t need any more reason to get the mixing bowls out, but it’s great to hear there is research behind the benefits of baking. Come in and visit our exceedingly cheery group of Corby bakers today.

We have four bakeries located in Corby and our bakeries have a range of options available, whether it’s something for lunch or a quick treat. Our skilled bakers can also provide catering for your business meeting and events. For more information, call us on 01536 203682.