Can Baking Make You Happy?

Can Baking Make you Happy?

Baking is often associated with comfort food. Conjuring up homemade scones, chocolate brownies, macaroons or cupcakes has become a bit of a trend of late. But is there therapeutic value that is beneficial to mental health? "Baking helps lift my depression. It can't cure it but it helps," says John Whaite, last year's winner of The Great British Bake Off. He was diagnosed with manic depression eight years ago. Whaite explains that baking is a way to turn manic, erratic negative energy into something constructive. He found it an effective way to manage his condition. "When I'm in the kitchen, measuring the amount of sugar, flour or butter I need for a recipe or cracking the exact number of eggs - I am in control. That's really important as a key element of my condition is a feeling of no control."