If you could choose a new hobby, what would it be?
- Learn to sew or knit.
- Play an instrument.
- Join a church group.
- Start gardening.
- Coach a sporting team.
- Participate in a book club.
- Join a photography club.
- Volunteer your time to a charity.
When you commit to a hobby you invariably find more time than you think you have.
So it not only increases your happiness, but also your productivity.
Let’s take a look at some of the ways having a hobby can improve your life. We even have a FREE hobby worksheet for you to download to help you get started. More details below.
Good Reasons To Start A New Hobby
1. Having A Hobby Helps With Time Management
If you know that your book club starts at 6pm, and you have four items on your to-do list for today, chances are you will focus and gets those tasks done faster than if you had all day to ponder and procrastinate.
Benefit: hobbies enable efficiency!
2. Having A Hobby Helps You Take Action
What else would you be doing if you weren’t participating in that hobby?
If you didn’t have to help out at the canteen during sports play, would you be at home watching tv or surfing the net?
Benefit: hobbies increase our activity and output!
3. Having A Hobby Helps Introduces You To New People
Meeting new people can be daunting for a lot of people. However the best ice breaker is a mutual interest. You still may not like everyone with that interest, but chances are you will connect with at least one person who has the same interest and you’re social network grows from there.
Benefit: hobbies increase our friendship circles and provide happiness!
4. Having A Hobby Gives You Confidence
If you are shy or introverted, stepping out of your comfort zone will give you confidence.
If you are outgoing or extraverted, chances are you already have a hobby or two.
Being able to complete a task (knit a scarf) or help a team (coach them to a win) or volunteer your time (help out at the local hospital) will boost your confidence and give you plenty to talk about. You may just inspire someone else to take up a hobby too.
Benefit: hobbies make you interesting!
5. Having A Hobby Helps With Stress Management
Simply a change from the everyday will change your perspective.
If you have a stressful job, or get stressed out by a colleague at work, knowing you have an outlet at the end of the day stops you from stewing on a rough day. They’re distracting, but allow you to see perspective, and maybe even calm your mood.
Benefit: hobbies make you less-stressed and allow you to zone-out!
Free Hobby Worksheet
To help you get started, click below to download your free Hobby Worksheet. What new hobby will you be taking up?
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