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Be Happy: 4 Reasons You Need a Hobby

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Not only does having a hobby help with stress, but it brings a sense of purpose to life. It can even provide a means of establishing connection with others and gives you an opportunity to learn a new skill set.

Reduce Stress

Designating some time each week or each day to work on a hobby can significantly help with mindfulness, reduce your stress levels, and help to bring purpose into your daily routine. Hobbies provide us with an outlet for energy – mental or physical – through writing, exercising, painting – you name it!

Personal Improvement

Developing a hobby is a terrific way to simply feel better about yourself and your abilities. Learning something new brings with it a sense of accomplishment, as well as a huge boost in confidence as you become proficient in your new endeavor. Pick something you're interested in, that you feel would be fun to learn, and plan to stick with it. It may not always be easy, but the rewards of perseverance will be worth it!

Self Reflection

Starting up a solo hobby can be a great way to get in touch with a part of yourself that you don’t often engage with. Think about all the times you’ve spent doing something you love and reminisce on the awesome feelings that accompanied it. Picking up a new hobby can be a fun way to learn more about yourself and uncover new interests you haven’t yet tried.

Discover a Way to Connect

Inviting friends, significant others, or family to join in on your hobby can help establish a connection through shared interests. This time can be spent enjoying each other's company while diving into a creative outlet. Try out an online cooking class together or start up a book club!

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