Creative work is not only good for getting yourself out of a bad mood, but doing so outside of the office can boost your on-the-job performance. This is according to a new study by psychologist Kevin Eschleman of San Francisco State University.
Writing in the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, the researchers say:
Creative pursuits away from work seem to have a direct effect on factors such as creative problem solving and helping others while on the job. It can be rare in research to find that what we do in our personal time is related to our behaviours in the workplace, and not just how we feel.
The creative tasks in the above study weren't restricted, and employees were free to choose whatever they wanted to do that led to a sense of self-expression and self-discovery. This ranged from writing short stories to playing video games. Hit the link for the full study.