This article reviews books about making things, and the author argues that the practice is central to happiness for at least a crafty few. Need a guidebook for how to do something more than read or write? Check out Rachel Cooke’s full list at The Guardian.
For me, the crafting of objects makes for a nice balance with both desk work and writing. It forces me to slow down, think in more geometric and visual terms, and problem solve using different methods and tools. Sometimes it includes a feeling of delight with the outcome – if the object I make is appealing to me. It’s ok, if not. I still return to other tasks refreshed in spirit and perspective.