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Discover the Magic In Baking for Others

By Sandy Schroeder

Recently I read an article in the Huffington Post that praised baking for others as a form of positive psychology. I agree completely. When I read the article, my ears went straight up, and my mind was filled with a flood of pictures from the past.

My aunt, my mother, and my grandmother excelled at baking for others all of their lives. I don’t think their ovens ever quite cooled off. Their families were the lucky recipients of black raspberry pie, German chocolate cake, and cranberry bread.  The list of treats goes on and on, but I am sure you understand if you are a baker, or have bakers in your family.

Baking is a remarkably effective way to express yourself, and to give to others. You get to create, and relieve stress, as you bake, and others get to enjoy the results.  As you share, you benefit again with that special sense of well-being that comes from being the giver.

Express Yourself

Researchers say baking can be a form of mindfulness meditation, and stress release. I often catch myself doing this. When I have had an especially stressful day, I head right for the kitchen to bake cranberry bread for dessert. The simple step-by-step process of measuring the ingredients, and whipping them together to pop a loaf in the oven, does amazing things for my mood. By the time we sit down to dinner, and linger to talk over dessert, I am mellowed out, having left the day way behind.

Give to Others

Most of us know how healthy, and inspiring, it is to give to others. For many, those are the best moments of all as we see the pleasure on the faces of the recipient. Baking treats to give to others is an easy, inexpensive way to accomplish this little bit of magic.  I can still see the pride and pleasure in my aunt’s smile when, at age 75, she would walk into my mom’s house and present me with my very favorite black raspberry pie.

Teach Your Kids

If you enjoy baking, you may share the experience with your kids, and then carry it a step farther by delivering fresh baked goods to older neighbors or a senior facility, where homemade treats are a rare gift.

So many cynics say you can never go home again. But I disagree. Each time I bake cranberry bread, black raspberry pie, or German chocolate cake, I am right there with those wonderful bakers from my past, seeing their smiles, and sharing their gifts again. 

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