Pottery, painting or piano-playing – whatever gets your creative juices flowing will boost your mood, according to new research.
Almost 50,000 people took part in the BBC Arts Great British Creativity Test.
It suggested that being creative can help avoid stress, free up mind space and improve self-development, which helps build self-esteem.
The findings also said there are emotional benefits from taking part in even a single session of creativity.
But there are cumulative benefits from regular engagement in arts activities and trying new pursuits is particularly good for our emotions and wellbeing, it suggests.