honoring my origins.
below is a video not only teaching how to make an origami butterfly, but also honoring my obaasan (a total social butterfly), the woman who made me who i am. this video is my own therapy to work through my grief, but i am hoping it can serve a similar purpose for all that knew and loved my grandmother.
as i shared earlier, i wrote my thesis on origami making as a possible tool for reducing anxiety. this is the summary of that research.
for those of you who don't want to read all the technical stuff, the moral of this story is that folding a paper crane significantly decreased the level of anxiety by participants (even those participants that stated it increased their anxiety... it still decreased it)!
the trick is that while folding origami can be frustrating, it's a short-term, manageable stress that you can overcome. and at the very least, that makes it an excellent distraction from the long-term, toxic stress plaguing your everyday life! so take a look at the data below!