Hobbies can be anything from learning how to play the violin to brewing your own beer. A hobby can be something you do competitively, such as ballroom dancing, or something you do for enjoyment and stress relief, such as running half marathons or practicing the art of “noodling” (catching catfish with your bare hands.)
Hobbies improve the quality of our lives by opening up our world to new passions and people we meet through the adventures we have. Hobbies improve brainpower by building new mental pathways when you learn something new. They provide an escape from the sometimes monotonous nature of daily life, and they help us learn something about ourselves in the process. They can be a bonding experience, or an introspective exercise, or a way to meet new people.
How to Pick a Hobby That’s Right for You
When picking a hobby, see what classes and activities are available near you. Do you live by a dance or yoga studio? Are you close to a lake that allows fishing? Do you have a place where you could create a garden in your yard? The best hobbies are the ones that mesh well with your daily life.
Part of the enjoyment of a hobby is the feeling of getting outside of your comfort zone. See what kind of hobbies challenge you to do something new that you wouldn’t have done before. Never been in a yoga class? Unsure if you’ll be able to successfully learn to ski? Never fear! We have articles to get you started and help you take the leap.