Do you have a hobby?
A hobby is an activity or interest pursued for pleasure or relaxation and not as a main occupation. There are so many benefits mentally and physically to having hobbies. Most people that have hobbies are very passionate about them. When you are in hobby mode, you are generally in a state of mindfulness and presence. It is a form of meditation for many.
Young woman with a guitar.
Hobbies are a great way to divert your busy life into another totally different direction from time to time. Studies have shown that hobbies are beneficial to your brain because they can release positive chemicals into your brain such as dopamine and create new neuro-pathways. Hobbies can reduce anxiety. For instance, I get very anxious on airplanes. The first thing I do is whip out my crocheting and I am good to go. No need for tranquilizers as long as I have my crocheting project.
Many hobbies enable you to express yourself like no other. You put your own mark on your creations such as painting, woodworking, singing, gardening, even cleaning or decorating your home. Having hobbies can generate a sense of pride and accomplishment.
They sometimes enable you to have a special group of friends outside of work that has the same interests or benefits from your hobby. Socializing is now being touted as a must for good brain health.
Hobbies can contribute to key pathways to human flourishing. They can provide happiness, friendships, community, beauty, purpose and meaning. These are just some of the pathways.
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