Upcycling, creation out of used materials resulting in a higher quality or value product than the compositional elements, is a creative, participatory user activity, may offer the experiences of self-expression, group affiliation, special memories and pleasure.
Inherent pleasure in ‘making and doing’ – a sense of being ‘alive’; and being a participant rather than a viewer (Gauntlett, 2011, Frank, 2013)
Sense of accomplishment and pride (Frank, 2013)
Happiness from goal-oriented activities and autonomy: goal-oriented activities=a major contributor to happiness through meta-analysis and comparative studies (Lyubomirsky, et al. 2005, Sheldon & Lyubomirsky, 2009)