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Psychological benefits of woodworking

Woodworking is getting more popular every day, and i think i know why. As our economy shifts away from physical labor, more and more people are clamoring for real sense of accomplishment. Sure, people might be excited about some mission they’re acomplishing by doing their work, but that mission is rarely tangible. Our brains measure success by having something tangible to represent it. Many psychologists have conducted studies on that, so if you look for more detailed information in Google, you should be able to find it.

 And that is where woodworking comes in. If you think about it, it is perfect hobby for milennials. In the past few decades, machines have gotten better and less people work with their hands now. In contrast, we, humans are adapted to be be making tools and other stuff, so it’s not surprising that our brains are confused by this change in our lifestyle. More and more stuff is readily available to you, with little to no efforts required. Which, i believe, can mess with your brain, unless you occasionally listen to your heart and please your primate brain – by making tools and other tangible representations of your achievement. Even though we don’t make tools and buy them instead, it still involves a lot of work. Doing research and all that. This one website is my go-to destination for advice on buying circular saws, though.

 Take me, for example. I work as software engineer in prominent tech company, and i’m happy at my job, but sitting by desk all day long can drive you crazy. Even at home, it’s getting more and more convenient to live without stepping outside, and for introvert like myself, that is very dangerous temptation. I have to force myself to go out hiking and camping sometimes. But most effective fix of all was woodworking. At first, i tried it with my friend, who had all the necessary tools, and he let me build a chair all by myself. He was guiding me, of course, but i did most of the work, and i have to say – the feeling after seeing my finished chair was amazing. So i decided to get tools for myself, and occasionally watched youtube tutorials for building different pieces of furniture. I didn’t spend much time on it, just few hours on weekends, but slowly, i started getting better, and my enthusiasm about woodworking grew as well. That’s how i escaped my work-related depression. Some people might call it first world problem, but to me, occasionally working with my own hands made all the difference i needed.

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