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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.

Are you nearing retirement and work 24/7?  It is now time to start exploring your hobby options.  The Other Side of Retirement Planning

Don’t have any hobbies or are looking for another?  Try this link:  Find A Hobby 

Journal Prompt:   What potential hobbies might interest you and why.  If you already have a hobby, journal what you like about it and how has it enhanced your life and helped you flourish as a person.

 

 

 

 

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My long career as a CPA and Certified Financial Planner has kept me locked into numbers for a long time. But, over those years, I have come to understand the power of journaling or writing ideas and thoughts on paper. My hope is for one of these books to resonate with you and to provide you the tools to get what you want in life.

3 comments on Unexpected Benefits of Hobbies

  1. Jay says:

    Couldn’t agree more. My list of hobbies are extensive and have contributed, without question, to the lessening of my anxieties related to any negative experiences that I may be going through, at any given time. They also help to fulfill my need of accomplishment, pride, and creativity, as noted, above and beyond my vocation. They are a major part of my life.

  2. Judy Cause says:

    Love these thoughts♡♡♡

  3. Ron says:

    I totally agree with the idea that hobbies are calming and beneficial. My hobby is gardening, or more accurately, landscape planning. I have three locations where I am able to show off my skills. Each is different in purpose. One is my primary residence, one is a rental property, and the third is a vacation rental property. These locations all serve a specific purpose, and they present different challenges. Of course, my primary residence allows for more detail and diversity in planting and sculpting. The other locations require more general (rough) treatment such as trees/shrubs/flowering bushes.

    The greatest satisfaction comes after spending a whole day (or several) of work and then standing back to observe, or driving by to admire, the beauty of what I have accomplished. It also saves on gym membership fees! Fresh air is free, too.

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