Want to be happier? Make things with your hands says, Rachel Cooke

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.

Colorful masks

Paper mache masks by Louise Godley (left) and Anne L’Ecuyer (right) made at Art Works Now.

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.

About Anne L'Ecuyer

Anne is a strategist, facilitator and consultant who stays closely connected to an international network of city leaders, cultural professionals, and individual artists. She is an expert in the creative industries and cultural tourism in the United States, as well as the contributions of the arts toward educational, social, and environmental goals.
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