No experience needed. Why making things can make a real difference to your mood.

When did you last make something? (A fuss doesn’t count, nor does a bed.)

I’m talking about physically assembling something. Putting together the pieces that are needed to create something new. Bringing something to life.

Your grandparents wouldn’t believe the world you live in, where food often comes pre-prepared – sometimes even pre-cooked. Where you don’t buy coat-hooks at the hardware store, but instead take home a mounting panel with the hooks already attached to it.

We’re not even very likely to make our own entertainment, resorting instead to sitting in front of the TV.

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Yet when we do actually make something ourselves, there can be a tremendous rush of pleasure, even if the result isn’t always completely perfect.

Of course it takes longer to make something than it does to buy it ready-made. And thanks to weird economies of scale that I don’t always get, it can even cost you more to buy the parts or ingredients than it would to purchase something already finished.

But nothing can replace the quiet satisfaction of baking a cake or a loaf of bread. Or building some bookshelves. Or creating a hand-made greetings card for someone you care a lot about.

OK, I know you’re too busy today to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. But making something doesn’t necessarily mean making something on a grand scale.

There really is a big emotional return from making something from scratch. Today could be the day to do it.

3 thoughts on “No experience needed. Why making things can make a real difference to your mood.

  1. Another really good one! I had to think about what was they last thing I made— I enjoy making food for people from scratch and right now I’m harvesting herbs and drying and crushing them as gifts for the winter. Simple things but they do give me a great deal of satisfaction !

  2. I made lovely garden displays using containers, pots, hanging baskets. There have given me pleasure all summer and have needed tending and looking after. Today I will be picking blackberries to make apple and blackberry crumble . I will also use the blackberries in smoothies.

  3. I love today’s blog, something totally new and different. My last “make” was 4 birthday cards on Monday. And you’re right, there’s not much that compares to the satisfaction of sitting and looking at something that exists now that didn’t exist this morning, all because you made it.

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