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Baking For Other People Is Good For Your Mental Health

So, who wants to bake us a cake?
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In news that confirms what we've always thought, baking is good for us. Maybe not in the waistline sense but certainly when it comes to our mental well-being, according to top psychologists.

Speaking to the Huffington Post, Donna Pincus, Associate Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Boston University, said that it's all about the way baking allows for creative expression. "Whether it's painting or it's making music [or baking], there is a stress relief that people get from having some kind of an outlet and a way to express themselves," she said.

According to Pincus, baking distracts the mind from everyday life and acts as a method of mindfulness, relieving stress in the process. Unless it goes wrong, of course.


And it's not just the physical process of baking that can soothe the mind but also the rewards we get when baking for others. In fact, it's the selfless nature of spending time creating something for another person that can really affect us in a positive way.

"Baking for others can increase a feeling of well-being, contribute to stress relief and make you feel like you’ve done something good for the world, which perhaps increases your meaning in life and connection with other people," Pincus told the Huffington Post.

We often bake for people as an expression of love, whether to cheer them up, celebrate an occasion or "just because" and because of this "baking" takes on a more important meaning than just creating deliciousnessit becomes a means of communicating.

So, next time you're feeling down, pick up that rolling pin and bake us a cake. Come on, you know you want to!

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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com/uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.