Do More Of What Makes You HAPPY!
For years, painting has been my hobby. Post my college life that I was focusing on career development, completely drew myself away from my hobby. I spent hours and hours on the weekends just being in the rat race of making my mark in the corporate world, only to realize at the end of 5 years that something important was missing. Neither the money being deposited in my account the start of the month made me happy or my promotion!
One evening when I was window shopping in a mall I happened to find a blank canvass which was waiting for a story to be painted. That was the point I just purchased a few colors, ran back home and painted a canvass.
Though very amateur at art, the sense of creating something, feeling of doing something which makes you happy is unexplainable. That was the moment I decided to pursue a hobby over the weekends and promised self to learn new skills. So the blog you are reading is a result of one of my newly discovered hobby
Here are a few benefits of having a hobby:-
1. Hobbies encourage taking a break
Hobbies give you an opportunity to take a much-awaited breakâbut a break with a purpose. You may like to feel productive while you’re engaging in an activity and a hobby gives you that. You are doing something while still having fun!
2. Hobbies offer a new challenge
Hobbies break up the monotonous regime and challenge you in new ways, ways that are different from work, ways that are positive. The great thing about picking up a new hobby is that it provides an excellent opportunity to challenge yourself, Â without the negative stress that comes from a work-related challenge. The new challenge ends up bringing out the hidden unnoticed talent one posses.
3. Hobbies unite you with others
Even if you engage in a solo activity, like painting, you’re exposing yourself to a new world of people, people who find the same thing enjoyable that you do, making you more social.
4. Hobbies provide an outlet for stress
Adding another activity to your to-do list might seem like a way to create more stress, but I’ve found that engaging in a new hobby actually provides a great outlet for releasing stress. By focusing on a non-work-related task, you’re giving your mind something else to focus on. And when you really get in the flow, all of your worries and stresses seem to fade away.
5. Hobbies promote staying present
Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift, thatâs why it is called PRESENT! If you really love what you’re doing, you tend to get in the flow or zone and really, truly focus on the moment, instead of worrying about the future or dwelling on the past, I’m completely and undeniably in the present.
6. Hobbies have physical health benefits
Only a happy soul is a key to a healthy life! Engaging in activities like hobbies trigger a positive behavior resulting in a reduced level of stress ultimately leading to lower cholesterol, less belly fat and staying energetic and fresh. Hobbies are good for your mind and your body.
Finding a new hobby isn’t always easy. If you don’t already have something you’re interested in try new things. Discuss with your friends, google it. Keep an open mind and a will to learn, you never know what might become your next source of happiness!