George and Gloria Magee, shown here with one of their own masterpieces are proof that quilting keeps you happy and healthy. There are countless Ways to Age Well, from a daily walk to volunteering for a good cause to practicing meditation. Pursuing creative arts seems to hold multiple impressive benefits for your brain and mood. Take the art of quilting: research published in the Journal of Public Health showed that making quilts helps people’s cognitive, creative and emotional well-being, particularly among older adults.
While you’re engaged in doing something you love, your brain is saturated with the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin, known as “the happy chemicals.” This reaction is especially powerful when you’re creating something using your hands. One researcher pointed out that quilting complements these conditions perfectly.