Staying Happier with Hobbies


Having a hobby is a great way of finding greater fulfillment and happiness in life. Pursuing an activity for its own sake, rather than money or some ulterior motive, helps all of us to relieve stress, positively stimulate our brains and bodues, and lead more satisfying lives in the process. If you have been diagnosed with depression or a similar mental illness, finding a hobby can be a great way of helping to control and even cure your condition.

Solo Acvitvies

Not everyone wants to be part of group activities when it comes to hobbies. Many of us have busy jobs that entail dealing with large numbers of people every day. Hiking in the countryside can be a great hobby for people of this type, especially when combined with wildlife watching or similar.

Other great solo hobbies include model building or needlework. Anything that allows you to focus on the activity itself, and that gives you satisfaction when projects are completed, is great for your all-round mental health.

Get into Groups

Of course, many people thrive in social settings, and prefer hobbies which involve interacting with other people. Playing sport is a great way of getting together with other people. Even if you think you are too old, there is usually some kind of sport that suits you. Walking football, for example, is a form of soccer aimed at over 50s, where running is banned. Creative activities like singing in a choir or amateur dramatics are great social hobbies too.

Whether you prefer your own company or that of a group of people, you will find that you are happier with hobbies.