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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