2. Admiration from peers. When you bake a pie, you'll be held in high regard for your baking prowess. Pies aren't difficult, so I'm not sure why folks get so much cred for baking one; chalk it up to the pie mystique. Whatever the reason, it's one excellent benefit because--let's be honest-- who doesn't like to be admired?
How to handle the accolades: Modest smile on the outside; celebratory end-zone happy dance on the inside.
3. Wake-up call for the senses.Instead of the grocery store, go to a pick-your-own farm to get your fruit or berries. Then bend the rules by doing some tasting right there in the field. This is the way fruit is supposed to taste. Yup. One of the best parts of pie-baking takes place a good 10 miles outside of the kitchen.
Your senses get another boon when the pie is baking. Right about the time when the homemade crust is getting brown and crispy, the ephemeral aroma sneaks out of the oven. Try this: go outside and walk back in again, just to get another waft.
4. Social interaction. It's true that friends come out of the woodwork when it's time to eat a home-baked pie, but I submit that the making of a pie can be just as social. For example, say you go to the farmers' marketfor some rhubarb. At farmers' markets, everybody's in a good mood; it's a great place to chat people up and learn new stuff. You can talk wool with an alpaca farmer; ask a beekeeper how many times he's been stung (go high on this one); return empty egg cartons to the chicken farmers; smell the soaps, taste the cheeses; and get a recipe for what the heck to do with fiddlehead ferns. It's kinda like a party, only the food is better and nobody's judging you for your outfit.
*the TED talk didn't mention pies specifically. But it didn't rule them out either.
6. Karma. If you think folks appreciate it when you show up at their door with a casserole or a vat of macaroni, just wait 'til you hand them a whole, homemade berry pie. Brace yourself: there will be some powerful good-will coming back in your direction.
7. A feeling of self-sufficiency. (This one is subtle, but it's still one of the best on the list, and after you bake a few pies it will hit you.) You will NEVER again have to rely a bakery* to get a delicious fruit or berry pie. Even if the pie you bake is butt-ugly, it's gonna taste better than a bakery one, and that's a promise.
*Nothing against bakery pies- they're good. Just not as good as yours.
Finally.... And this is probably the best thing about making a pie: You get to eat a pie.