The benefits of working with your hands to create something unique have been well discussed and publicised extensively. Titles such as the “The secret to happiness“, “Creativity to old age” and “Less stress with every press” should give you the more or less a complete picture of what science has to say on this matter.
But what about it when it comes to love? Can making hand-crafted items improve your relationship, put you in the mood for love or give your date night that oomph that it desperately needs?
Well writer of “Modern Romance”, Aziz Ansari definitely seems to think so. He found several studies which concur that when couples or individuals participate in activities that are novel and exciting, they show an increase in relationship quality and desire for love.
That makes even more sense when you look at what happens inside your body. According to ScienceDaily, in addition to releasing additional levels of the “feel good hormone” Dopamine, we also release increased levels of Oxytocin, “the bonding hormone”. This means that not only do we feel better about ourselves, but we are happier around others.
So to give you some ideas on how to get your hands busy, we decided to put together a list of the top 5 most romantic things to make this Valentines, with added recommendations of where in London you can make them.
There is something incredibly romantic about a bubble bath for two, and these homemade bath-bombs take relaxation up a notch! Quick to make and unbelievably fun to use, this is sure way to get those Dopamine levels of the charts. Packed with essential herbs you guaranteed a good wash if all else fails.
Check out Token Studio through the EmptyChair app to discover your next bath-bomb making workshop for an excellent price.
Candles and romance have gone hand in hand since bees and honey. The low light tells your body that it’s time to relax, making you more at ease, while dimming your focus on any other distracting surroundings. It also allows your pupils to dilate, which is a subconscious signal of attraction. That dilation is often found attractive by others (and is frequently known as “bedroom eyes”).
GoCreate candle making might be one of the best spots in town for this – what are you waiting for?
Hollywood has long romanticised the art of pottery, and not just because that Patrick Swayze’s Ghost moment became one of the most romantic movie moments ever. Anyone who has ever sat at a potter’s wheel will tell you that there is nothing more relaxing than the swooshing sound of the spinning and the feeling of the wet clay.
Fortunately there is a local legend who goes by the name of Cernamic, who offers unbelievably good pottery workshops around London (when he’s not busy participating on the Great British Pottery Throw Down competitions.) If you are very lucky, you might find a spot on EmptyChair!
Making a silver ring is the ultimate timeless craft. If you think about what survives the ages and still in use today, jewellery always withstands the test. Clothing fades, rips, staines, and goes out of style. Electronics gets replaced by something newer before you even fully got to enjoy it. Only jewellery can be cared for and enjoyed for generations.
Try J&J Workshops for a perfect class to introduce a keen crafter into the skills used in Silversmithing.
Designed to attract, flowers have evolved to be fragrant and flashy to attract hungry bees and curious humans alike. That’s why for centuries they have represented love, health and sensuality. It’s the ultimate Valentines gift, but there is more to just picking them off your neighbours rose bush. Try arranging them in a bouquet or floral tiara for the ultimate reward.
Green & Envy offer a diverse range of seasonal classes and workshops to help you get accustomed with handling flowers and how to look after them.
See the latest available workshops & classes on the EmptyChair App today.
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