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The Value of Hobbies

L1000866It is well-known that eating habits, sleep, and exercise are important for physical and psychological health (information reminding us so is everywhere). Yet, we rarely hear about the value of leisure and recreation.

Although one may think that pastimes serve no other purpose than to (literally) pass time, hobbies are very beneficial and of great value. They not only add quality to our life but also contribute to our effectiveness and well-being.

Hobbies are food for the soul. They nurture our spirit, restore our physical energy, and renew our mind. Hobbies can be so stimulating, in fact, that they inspire those magical “aha!” moments.

While we may think that hobbies can interfere with our career, research has found otherwise. A recent study suggests that people who engage in hobbies, especially creative hobbies, perform better at work. It seems that having an outlet outside of work can boost productivity and even creativity.

We are at our best when we are relaxed and in tune with ourselves. Only then can we truly thrive.

So if you think hobbies are a waste of time, think again. And if you’re thinking you don’t have time for hobbies because you just can’t afford to take time away from work even if you wanted to, then you probably need one more so than anyone else. Here’s why:

Recharge

When we engage in hobbies that we enjoy we’re able to disconnect from the everyday worries and recharge our batteries.

Hobbies and interests outside of work (any type of work, either at an office or at home) help counteract the emotional and physical exhaustion that comes with stress. By engaging in leisure activities that give us pleasure we’re able to recover from the demands of our busy (even hectic) lives.

Hobbies can be “therapeutic” and help us re-ignite our spark. They have a way of calming our mind and allowing us to escape from the outside world to connect with ourselves, making us feel refreshed and more energized.

When we have a passionate interest in life that helps us unwind we become happier and consequently more successful in everything that we do.

Learn

Our hobbies say so much about who we are. When we pursue an activity just for its own sake we learn a lot about ourselves.

Hobbies give us an insight into our likes and dislikes, our strengths and weaknesses, our fears and beliefs.

For instance, through meditation I’ve learned how anxious my mind can be and how much it needs a soothing and peaceful break every now and them. Biking has taught me that there is nothing I find more exhilarating than the combination of adrenaline and nature, while writing has made me confront face-to-face some of my biggest fears just as it has showed me how fulfilling I find introspection to be.

As they say, if you want to know where your heart is, look to where your mind goes when it wanders.

A hobby can help you discover a whole new side of you and unleash talents you didn’t even know you had.

Perspective

Our hobbies give us a balanced perspective on life beyond work. They show us how important it is to take time for ourselves and rejuvenate our mind and spirit. When our responsibilities become overwhelming, our hobbies give us something to look forward to.

Investing our energy is just as important as finding ways to recover it.

By disengaging from the pressures of life not only are we revitalized but we get to see the big picture. Instead of focusing on the trees we are able to appreciate the forest.

Plus, you never know where a hobby may lead you (new and interesting people, the time of your life, or maybe even a whole new career!).

Channel your passion into a hobby and a new world of possibilities will open up for you to discover.

 

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The Value of Hobbies


Jessica Beltran, MS

Jessica Beltran, MS is a deeply passionate soul who firmly believes it is never too late to become who we want to be. She started out her career as a corporate attorney to later realize that her true passion and calling in life is psychology. She now holds a Masters of Science in Psychology and currently works in Human Resources, applying psychology to the business world. Jessica loves to write about the human mind and behavior not only based on what science has taught her but on what she’s learned from her own self-discovery journey. Psychology changed her life and Jessica hopes through the beauty of words and her love for the field she’ll be able to change the lives of others.

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APA Reference
Beltran, J. (2016). The Value of Hobbies. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 19, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/thrive/2014/05/the-value-of-hobbies/

 

Last updated: 24 Sep 2016
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