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Working With Your Hands Does Wonders for Your Brain

https://www.psychologytoday.com/intl/blog/prescriptions-life/201906/working-your-hands-does-wonders-your-brain

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Working With Your Hands Does Wonders for Your Brain
I've been working hard on a proposal for a new book. This involves a lot of sitting and thinking. Since I started working on this project, a strange phenomenon has emerged. I want to clean all the time. While sitting at my desk, I fantasize about scrubbing things.

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Working with our hands

Working with our hands

Activities that use our hands relieve stress and help solve problems:

  1. Using our hands on a task that doesn’t demand much cognitively gives the mind a chance to relax and rest.
  2. When our brain is “offline,” it gives it a chance to work on problems behind the scenes.
  3. There is something primal about it. We have actively used our hands as part of our daily survival for thousands of years.

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