How Hobbies Really Can Enrich Your Life

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Do you ever feel that being good at what you do — as a pro­fes­sional, a par­ent, a part­ner — takes up so much of your time and focus that it seems some­times as if that’s all you are? Of course it’s impor­tant to strive to be the best we can at these aspects of life. But we also shouldn’t neglect our own pas­sions and inter­ests. Whether it’s paint­ing, scuba div­ing, or swing danc­ing, hob­bies can enrich our lives and bring us great sat­is­fac­tion and rewards.

Some hob­bies have the ben­e­fit of being edu­ca­tional and socia­ble at the same time, such as wine tast­ing. It’s fas­ci­nat­ing to learn about a new sub­ject in great detail — dif­fer­ent soils and con­di­tions that pro­duce dif­fer­ent grape vari­eties, and iden­ti­fy­ing the dif­fer­ent flavours and aro­mas of wines. Not only do you learn a lot, you also become that valu­able friend who’s an expert at something.

Other edu­ca­tional hob­bies like learn­ing a new lan­guage or a musi­cal instru­ment can not only pro­vide you with expert skills but bring a sense of achieve­ment to your daily activ­i­ties. Set­ting your mind to a goal, and being deter­mined to achieve it can in turn boost con­fi­dence and make you feel more fulfilled.

There are a great vari­ety of hob­bies and inter­ests out there — def­i­nitely some­thing for every­one. It’s worth try­ing a few dif­fer­ent things to see what sparks your pas­sion. Or think back to when you were grow­ing up. What kind of activ­i­ties did you enjoy as a child? Did you spend hours run­ning up and down a track, writ­ing poetry, or sketch­ing but­ter­flies? Re-awakening these inter­ests is often a way to get in touch with aspects of your per­son­al­ity that you’ve neglected and for­got­ten about over the years.

This said, try to avoid tak­ing on too much. It’s bet­ter to start with one new ele­ment in your sched­ule, or one change to your life, as this will be eas­ier to main­tain in the long-term. After all, it can take a cou­ple of months to form a new habit, so if you find it hard to stick at some­thing, try start­ing one new hobby and build­ing from there, rather than lots of dif­fer­ent things at once.

You may or may not fall in love with a new hobby, but either way you’ll ben­e­fit from the expe­ri­ence of push­ing your­self out­side your com­fort zone, meet­ing new peo­ple, and improv­ing your mind. And with a bit of luck, you’ll dis­cover a pas­sion that will sus­tain you for a lifetime.

Ginette Harper is inter­ested in all aspects of mind and body well­ness, and fre­quently blogs on top­ics from self-hypnosis to life coaching.

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David Stevens November 13, 2013 at 3:27 pm

Terrific thoughts Ginette,
Thank You for sharing

Be good to yourself
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Elle November 15, 2013 at 3:05 am

I definitely felt that I was able to relate to the first paragraph. Yes, I feel that trying my best to be good at what I do is taking all my time.

In fact, I have neglecting a lot of my hobbies in the past year because I just haven’t had time for them.

I do understand that work is work, and once I am home, I try to spend time with my family or meet up with friends to build stronger relationships.

However, you have really reminded me that some “me time” is needed as well!


Sebastian November 15, 2013 at 3:59 pm

My hobbies literally define who I am. I’m going to do whatever it takes to make these part of my life until the day I die.

Bodybuilding. Guitar. Singing. Boxing. I do these multiple times a week. I can’t imagine myself not doing them.

In fact, my “business” revolves around doing these. I get so many insights from doing what I love, and that’s what fuels my writing and YouTube videos.
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