Unexpected Benefits of Hobbies

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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Your Seven Chunks of Life

Your Passions Create Your Happiness

In my last blog, I wrote about concentrating on your passions vs. your goals to get what you want in life.   Many people do not know what their passion is.   Do you know your passion in life?  Is it one passion?  Is it many passions?  Today, I’ll help you determine your passions.  You may be surprised by the outcome.  There is a wonderful book called, The Passion Test, by Janet and Chris Attwood.   Their website is https://thepassiontest.com.

If you read past the first paragraph of this blog, you are ready to find your passions and start to take action to live them now.  You may be just starting out in your adult life, in mid-life, or getting ready to retire.  It is time.  Doing the steps below once a year can be very powerful over your lifetime.  Life changes and you should move with those life changes.  For most people following their passions makes them very happy.  Isn’t that what you really want out of life?

Science is beginning to indicate that we can only keep seven aspects of our lives in our consciousness.  If too much information enters the brain, it filters out the unimportant items.  Boy, that explains a lot!  Are your passions in those seven important chunks?

Steps To Finding Your Passions and Happiness

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Sticky Note Journaling Week 3 – Happiness

Good Morning,
It is week 3 of the Sticky Note Journaling Series – Happiness.  This week your goal is to write every day on one sticky note 5 things that make you happy.  If you could just work on making yourself happy, what would it be?  Just let it flow.  So, at the end of the week, you could potentially have 35 things that make you happy.  And, yes, you can repeat things from previous days.

Think About This

It is important to keep in mind that reaching your goals does not always mean you are happy.

Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.  – Jim Rohn

Here is a fantastic article in Psychology Today, Why Happiness is the Greatest Goal

You can choose to keep the sticky note or tear it into shreds.


Have a great week.
Joan Marie
Journal Your Way to Retirement

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