You have a library card, right? If not, it might be time to march on in and get one. Or start crafting. Pick up a sport. Do something that will enrich your life.
This paper out of Great Britain showed that getting involved in team and individual sports, listening to music, watching plays, going to the library, doing crafts, and dance (as in the artistic form, not clubbing) are all associated with an increase in overall well-being.
The research comes from an observational study, so we have to be careful about assuming cause-and-effect relationships. However, the study did control for age, gender, social relationships, employment status, and a bunch of other life satisfaction factors, so we can trust that there is some sort of association. The study authors used a model that valued using the library can be valued at $182 (in USD) per month. Crafts adds about $137 per month to your well-being. Taking up swimming can add a whopping $219 per month.
That is great–especially as college students. By walking into a library, filled with old books and the vanilla smell that comes with them–not to mention the endless knowledge–that improves your life a little bit. And, libraries tend to be free–honestly, talk about value 🙂
There is so much more to health than eating right–it’s a lifestyle. So, get out and do something good for yourself–try perfume-making, start getting active, or (and this is my go-to) while away an afternoon in your local library.
Are you a frequent library goer? Got any stories about the library making your life better? Share them in the comments!