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Hobbies & Pastimes

What do you like to do in your free time? I’m a huge crafter so I always take pleasure in that. Other people I know enjoy some of the following:

  • Woodworking

  • Cake decorating

  • Golf

  • Photography

  • Knitting

  • Hiking

I also know people who believe that free time is wasted time and, really, it’s better to try and be productive every moment you’re awake. After all, hobbies sound – frivolous, and being “busy” seems virtuous and important. Although it may seem logical and grownup, actually that attitude can be counter-productive.

Hobbies have their own value and set of virtues that many of us ignore – because we’re so busy! Here are some of the benefits of pastimes:

  • They promote flow – we tend to be invigorated by active leisure – losing ourselves in activities we enjoy.

  • They decrease stress & recharge our batteries – we’re doing something enjoyable and it feels good. The blow up at the office doesn’t seem that serious.

  • They give us balance – hobbies help keep things in perspective and show us that it’s ok to take time for ourselves.

  • They encourage connections – even if you pursue a solitary hobby, you may run into people who share the same interests and that can start conversations.

  • They make us richer – our interests add layers to our personality and give us something to talk about and share with others. We may even inspire other people.

So don’t be so quick to scratch hobbies from your to-do list. In fact, you’ll be emotionally healthier and happier if you make it a point to give them a prominent place on it. It works for me. Sunday afternoons are, “enjoy my crafts time”, and I wouldn’t give them up for anyone! Give it a shot and see if you don’t feel more calm, cheerful and relaxed. Bet you do!

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