Wood Working For The Soul: How DIY Projects Make You Happier

Some like to go for a walk, others choose to find comfort in culinary delights. Others like to engage in simpler pursuits such as relaxing with friends or family and perhaps, even indulging in a much needed nap. Indeed, happiness is sought by all. But rarely does crafting, woodworking or any DIY activity, except perhaps baking or painting ever make it to the list.

Yet, according to a Google Study, 47% of people simply undertake a DIY project because they love the actual work involved and that the money saved for most is not the biggest motivator. Furthermore, 50% of those involved in DIY are women, and 52% of the DIY fans in total sit between the ages of 24-44. Evidently, getting our hands dirty on the weekends brings out the child in us.

How DIY’s help you out

Aside from the obvious money saving, it increases your skill proficiency thanks to the fact you’re now able to do more basic maintenance that handymen usually do. This allows you to save more money and time in the long run. And the fact you are able to customize all of your items to your own liking means that crafting has additional benefits for you.

DIY projects such as knitting, crafting, sewing and other tasks that involve continually repeated maneuvers, which require some degree of focus, have been found to significantly reduce the overall level of stress within crafters. Furthermore, it has been found that patients suffering from anxiety who engaged in crafting were far better able to handle taxing situations than they previously were able to.

In addition, it has been noted that overall happiness levels rise when individuals engage in crafting activities, especially if this activity can be done within the space of a group such as mosaicking, knitting, and painting. Moreover, the elation that comes with finishing a project is second to none and further helps raise a person’s mood.

Elderly people who engaged in crafting techniques were found to have a better grasp of their mental faculties. Women with eating disorders also found crafting to be helpful, in that it lessened negative feelings, thoughts, and fears while reducing stress. They also reported a higher sense of self worth and confidence from engaging in these types of activities.

DIY crafting has been found to be beneficial in pain alleviation management within chronic pain wards in Britain as well. When these people engaged in tasks such as knitting, they were less aware of their physical pain and felt a greater sense of control over their life, with increased levels of satisfaction, drive, and direction. Perhaps, crafting should be administered with other medications after surgery?

Woodworking and Crafts

With woodworking specifically, there are several reasons many find this form of craft so addictive. Firstly, it is an intensive and time-consuming task, which dissolves the inevitable boredom of other mundane acts such as washing dishes. This type of activity transports you to another frame of mind. Some even like to stain wood with coffee, as the activity may shift you into a far more relaxing frame of mind.

Secondly, there is direction and purpose; we know why we are building this item, how we want to look, and exactly how we are going to go about it. Furthermore, a vast amount of research has found that by making items with our own two hands, it helps to foster self-confidence, improve mental and emotional well-being, increase creativity and our own pride in our work.


So perhaps for your next home renovation project, you were planning on hiring a host of contractors, why not instead dig out the power tools and revive the sitting room yourself? With endless benefits and the chance to change your house exactly into the way you want it, all within your own time frame. There really are no downsides to jumping on the DIY-train.

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