12/11/2014 12:23 EST | Updated 12/11/2014 12:59 EST

Baking Therapy Is The Sweetest Kind Of Healing

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This will come as no surprise to anyone who's gotten lost in the repetitive motion of rolling out dough: all of that holiday baking could be really good for your mental health.

The notion that cooking and baking could provide a form of therapy has been around for years, but in December, it becomes even more important. According to the National Institute of Health, people experience more depression than usual around Christmas. So why not use the cookies you're already making as a way to help alleviate it?

As the Wall Street Journal reported this week, many treatment centres are using cooking and baking as a means to help people with mental health and addiction issues. While no one is exactly sure why it works, we have a few suggestions:


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