Hobbies for Happiness

Life is busy, and it’s easy to get caught up in our day to day duties, one day rolls into another and by the time the weekend comes around you’re exhausted. When looking at your already full schedule it’s easy to think that adding another activity is an impossibility, however when you look at the amazing benefits of having a hobby it might change your mind.

Boost Creativity

Many hobbies are by their nature creative, like writing, baking, crafting, DIY or playing a musical instrument. Creativity helps to train your brain to explore problems and to think in a different way. Hobbies encourage experimentation as you learn new skills, and these experiments build new neural connections developing your creative brain.

Increase Productivity

Committing to learning a new skill requires you to optimise how you use your time. You will be less inclined towards procrastinating by idling time away on social media or watching TV if you are trying to make some time and space for your new hobby. Research shows that using free time purposefully benefits both physical and mental wellbeing.

Reduce Stress

Hobbies can give your brain a break from stressors by giving you something else to focus on. People with hobbies are less likely to suffer from stress, low mood, and depression. New Zealand scientists discovered that engaging in creative activities can create a feeling of wellbeing that lasts until the next day.

The problem-solving nature of creative pursuits can make you less likely to be derailed by issues as they arise in day to day life. So taking on this wider perspective gained from your hobby can help you in both work and home life as you think up new ways to collaborate and problem solve.

Form Meaningful Connections

Seek out a class or group of fellow hobbyists, from crafting, to team sports or yoga. Through our activities we can develop a strong support network and connect with people who have similar interests, with studies showing that adults who take part in team sports being less prone towards depression, anxiety and stress. Furthermore you can benefit from shared knowledge and guidance, helping you improve your skills more quickly. A group activity or class can also help you commit to a dedicated time in order to practice your new interests.

Convinced yet?

A little guidance for choosing a hobby:

Choose something that complements your day to day life. If most of your time is spent working at a fast pace behind a screen maybe choose something physical or outdoors, sewing, knitting, gardening or hiking. If you work alone perhaps looks for a team sport like soccer or a class like yoga or Crossfit. Don’t be overly ambitious to begin with – start small and be happy with your progress rather than setting a lofty goal or overly ambitious timeline that will ultimately turn your hobby into another stressor.

Find something you love, don’t be afraid to try new things, or drop things you aren’t enjoying – and most of all have fun!

Source: Wrkit Blog.