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Personal Hobbies: 6 Reasons to Start Cultivating Yours

Although spending time on a hobby might seem like a waste of time or something to be saved for later in life, it is actually beneficial to people of all ages. Whether or not you’re fortunate enough to have a career that you’re passionate about, a hobby can bring a new dimension to your life.

Personally, one of my missions this year was to start cultivating my interest and hobby of photography more seriously. I’ve started taking my Canon 60D SLR everywhere I go, and have gotten into Instagram. Instagram is a fantastic app you can use on your iPhone or Droid that allows you to share photography with friends and followers on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms. Since I’ve been making Photography a bigger part of my life, I’ve felt more passionate and excited by my photos. I’m excited to share my portfolio with you here: http://sheerbalance.com/photography/ And if you’re on Instagram, I’d love for you to follow me. My username is bblumenthal.

If you haven’t found your hobby yet, here are a few reasons you might want to start cultivating yours:

  1. Stress Management: Studies have shown that participation in activities for the pure enjoyment of them – no strings attached – helps to reduce stress levels. Spending time doing something you love, without the pressure of performance or success, gives you the opportunity to have fun and relax, and refocus on the “want tos” in life, rather than the “have tos.”
  2. A Fun Diversion: Hobbies take your mind off everyday worries and allow you to unwind.
  3. Physical Health: Depending on the hobby you choose, you may reap health benefits. Activities such as tennis or playing another type of sport can help you stay in shape, burn extra calories and ward off heart disease.
  4. Self-Development: Hobbies help us cultivate creativity, expression, dedication and patience.
  5. Mental Health: Hobbies have been shown to ward off the effects of mental aging because they exercise the brain and help to keep it stimulated.
  6. Social Health: Cultivating hobbies may also help you make new friends and build stronger social and professional networks.

Do you have hobbies you’re passionate about? What are they? When do you make time for them?

52 Small ChangesAdapted from 52 Small Changes: One Year to a Happier, Healthier You. Make real, lasting change with this easy to follow, week-by-week guide to healthy change. Get it now at Amazon.com.

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