What comes to mind when you think of a hobby? Is it something fun but unnecessary? Something time-consuming and expensive? Something that would be nice but isn’t in the picture for you right now?
You might be surprised to find out that hobbies are important for achieving happiness and satisfaction in life. In fact, it’s hard to have a fulfilled life without one. A hobby is a great way to meet people who share your interests and find new friends. That’s one of the best things about them; positive relationships are important to happiness if you’ll recall.
Play and having fun are also important, and not just for children; this is true throughout the lifespan, from infancy through old age. Hobbies relieve stress and allow you to focus on something enjoyable that’s different from the everyday world. They challenge you and give you something to focus on other than your normal problems. You can learn a lot about yourself by trying out a variety of different hobbies, and this personal development will in turn increase your satisfaction and happiness.
What counts as a hobby? You might be surprised. A hobby is any activity you enjoy that you do for fun. Sure, some hobbies are expensive. Scuba diving and flying come to mind. But some cost little or no money. Jigsaw puzzles and crossword puzzles cost little or no money.
Hobbies can be adrenaline-fueled adventures such as ziplining, freehand rock climbing, and skydiving, but they can also be quiet, productive activities such as painting, sewing, and knitting. Playing sports counts as a hobby, whether or not you’re on a team. Your hobby can involve animals (horseback riding, dog training). It can be as common as model building or as esoteric as recreating clothing from Victorian England.
Again, a hobby is any activity that you undertake for enjoyment. If you don’t have one, you need to find one. Try a few different hobbies to see what you like. If something that interests you requires a lot of expensive supplies and equipment, reach out to a local group, and see if you can join them and try it out before committing. You might find a new hobby and make some new friends.
Participating in hobbies has been devalued in the modern world, but it’s vital to our well-being as humans. Prioritize finding and participating in a hobby you like, and you’ll find yourself much happier with your life.