A recent article in the British Journal of Occupational Therapy discussed the benefits knitting can have for personal and social well-being.
Knitting is an example of an activity which requires a level of skill and concentration, it is creative, it can be done alone or in a group, it produces something which may be of value or useful to the knitter or someone else. All these factors combine to make knitting an activity that can help to produce feelings of well-being and purpose and so contribute to overall health and happiness.
Knitting may or may not be for you but when you are thinking about Age Proofing your life, don’t ignore the importance of making time for activities that give some of the same benefits. I wonder if the same benefits would be found for other activities, woodworking, painting, cooking, mending watches….I’d be interested to hear what activities people find that have such benefits.
Riley, J et al (2013) The benefits of knitting for personal & social wellbeing in adulthood: findings from an international survey. British Journal of Occupational Therapy 76(2) pp 50-57.