Bread making increases happiness and creativity

Bread making increases happiness and creativity

People suffering mental health difficulties who took part in a therapeutic bread making initiative said the sessions left them feeling happier, more creative and with a sense of achievement. The sessions were held at Bethlem Royal Hospital in England.

Participants learned to make white dough and a range of shaping techniques. Peter O’Hare, head occupational therapist at Bethlem, told Home Care, “This wonderful project confirmed what we intrinsically believed: that bread baking has tremendous potential as a therapeutic activity, which can also foster and enhance community engagement and cohesion.”

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