Creative Pursuits Help Us Cope with Modern Life, Study Finds

Singing in choirs and other social creative activities can help with challenging times.

Spending time on a creative pastime such as singing in a choir can help us cope with life's challenges, according to research commissioned by BBC Arts.

Nearly 50,000 people took part in the BBC Arts Great Creativity Test online survey, conducted in partnership with UCL.


The largest study of its kind, it explored how creative activities can help us manage our mood and boost wellbeing.
Led by Dr Daisy Fancourt, UCL Senior Research Fellow, the research shows there are three main ways we use creativity.
It can be used as a coping mechanism to control our emotions and provide a distraction from stress. It offers the mind space to reassess problems. It can also help with self-development to face challenges by building up self-esteem and confidence.
Constantly learning and trying new things was found to more beneficial than doing the same activity over a decade as it can become less effective at regulating negative emotions.

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