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Is It Really Important To Keep Hobbies?

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7 February, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Is It Really Important To Keep Hobbies?

In this modern age it seems that life here has no enough hours in a day to get everything accomplished. Amidst the bustling chaos we tend to forget ourselves and what is really important for us. That is where hobbies come in, to remind us that the choices we have made so far have a solid reasoning and that enjoying ourselves every once in a while will only help us. If you doubt the positive effects hobbies can have on your life, here are some reasons to convince you:

Hobbies help you organize your time: According to Parkinson’s theory, ‘work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.’ More simply, things take as much time as you have. So, when the evening stretches out before you, unscheduled, you might find yourself labouring over that work project or answering emails into the wee hours. Chances are, if you had choir practice or a meeting that night, you would get those tasks done much more quickly. So, hobbies can seem to create more time by encouraging efficiency.

Hobbies promote flow: We often opt for passive leisure. Watching TV and web surfing are at the top of most people’s lists. And we all need to veg out from time to time. But we are so much more invigorated by active leisure, the sort of thing psychologists call flow activities. If you have ever lost yourself in a sport, art project or other challenging, absorbing activity, you have experienced flow. Time flies, self-consciousness disappears, and you are fully immersed in the activity at hand. Hobbies, especially those that stretch our skills, foster this desirable and increasingly elusive state.

Self-confidence: If you are good at something, you will start feeling pretty confident in yourself and this is precisely what hobbies encourage.

Hobbies can foster new social
connections:
While some hobbies are solitary endeavors, many get us out in our communities, meeting people we otherwise would not, sharing our passions, and forming new bonds. Countless studies have found that social connection is a key component of happiness and a meaningful life, and hobbies have the potential to create precious new ties.

Personal growth: Hobbies will open your eyes to a new world of possibilities and help you understand the perspective of others in a better way. For instance, reading can help you develop empathy and can take you to places you have never even dreamed of visiting – teaching you lessons along the way.

Hobbies make you interesting: Hobbies can give you something to talk about at parties. They add layers to your identity and richness to your self-concept. People want to be around those with passions, with a sense of curiosity, with stories to tell. You not only feel more inspired when you have a rich and active life, but you will inspire others as well.

Hobbies help you cope with stress: Imagine a rough day at the office, where you were harshly criticized by your boss. Coming home and turning on the TV may provide a brief distraction, but it does not address your damaged ego. Now imagine that after work you head out to your soccer league or pottery class. These activities are more than merely distracting. They remind you that there are many facets to your self-concept. As such, a blow to one aspect of your identity is less damaging. Simply put, your eggs are not all in one basket.

And the benefits can spill over into other aspects of your life. If you can designate an hour a day or even a few hours a week for something you feel truly inspired and enlivened by, do not be surprised if some of that newfound zest carries over into your work and family life!

 


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