Adults need hobbies which allow them to disconnect from their daily job, and experience things they wouldn’t otherwise experience. Hobbies offer adults an opportunity to meet new people, avoid boredom, and learn something new. More importantly, hobbies build character, relieve stress, and encourage a higher self-esteem.
Two Types of Hobbies: Active and Stationary
Active hobbies require you to move (or go somewhere); while, stationary hobbies require that you sit or stand for a period of time. Active hobbies include physical activities, such as tennis, rowing, and travel. Active hobbies also include less physical activities, such as gardening, photography, and art. To a hobby to be considered active, your body should be in motion for a period of time.
Stationary hobbies require little movement, and that you sit or stand for a period of time. Most people enjoy a few different stationary hobbies, such as word games and crossword puzzles. There’s also a social aspect to stationary hobbies, such as playing card games (pinochle, bridge, hearts, etc.) with friends. Word games, such as Scrabble and Words with Friends, stimulate your brain and broaden your vocabulary. Author Marcel Danesi, Ph.D. is of the opinion that puzzle games are “beneficial to brain activity,” according to a piece he wrote for Psychology Today. Crossword puzzles offer similar benefits.
Creative Hobbies Enrich Your Life
According to a study titled “Benefiting from Creative Activity: The positive relationships between creative activity, recovery experiences, and performance-related outcomes,” conducted by The British Psychological Society, people who pursue hobbies (particularly creative hobbies) are more productive at work.
If you’re looking to improve your life, try one of these ultra-creative hobbies on for size:
Learn to Play Music
Learning to play an instrument is fun, exciting, and you’ll improve yourself in so many ways. Some benefits include: improved cognitive performance, increased memory capacity, enhanced coordination, and stress relief. Plus, this hobby helps you relax. Playing music can be as calming and soothing as listening to music.
The Internet is incredibly useful to burgeoning musicians. If you’re just starting out with a new guitar (or any instrument really), or you want to take some vocal lessons, you can do so online. Online tutorial sites, such as www.lessonrating.com, offer the one-on-one experience of working with a teacher, but the classroom is virtual, so you never have to leave home.
Capture Your Point of View
Photography is an amazing hobby, where your lens captures the world in new and interesting ways. Moreover, photographers are stimulated by learning the technical aspects, including the different styles and uses of cameras.
Editing photos takes creativity to the next level, and once edited photographers are welcome to share their photographs online. Who knows? One or more of your pictures may earn you some extra money.
Dance Your Way to Happiness
Multiple studies have concluded that dancing improves a dancer’s brainpower. “Few activities stimulate as wide a variety of brain systems as dancing does,” Daniel Amen, MD told Women’s Health Magazine. “Dancing requires everything from coordination and organization to planning and judgement.”
“Art Makes You Smart”
According to a NY Times piece, titled “Art Makes You Smart,” it’s reported that an artistic hobby can increase test scores and generate social responsibility. A study was conducted, and some students were chosen “by lottery” to visit a museum. Those students “demonstrated stronger critical thinking skills, displayed higher levels of social tolerance, exhibited greater historical empathy, and developed a taste for art museums and cultural institutions.”
So, paint, travel, learn music, or do any of the artistic things you’ve considered doing over the years. These hobbies can only benefit you, so they’re worthy endeavors.