It’s never too late to discover a new hobby. Not only is growing new talents entertaining, but it also gives the mind a healthy workout. Expanding one’s horizons by introducing new activities is stimulating for the brain, promoting higher thinking, and enhancing mood. Since hobbies are believed to trigger the brain’s natural reward system, those who enjoy pastimes are generally less likely to suffer from stress and depression.
Here are activities and an example of their impact:
|Checkers & chess||Uses reasoning and problem-solving skills|
|Cooking||Connects you to food history and others|
|Dancing||Promotes agility and flexibility|
|Gardening||Heals and empowers|
|Genealogy||Fosters human connections|
|Learning a new language||Boosts memory recall|
|Musical instrument playing||Improves eye and hand coordination|
|Paper crafting||Helps fine and gross motor skills|
|Photography||Stimulates and improves creativity|
|Puzzle solving||Teaches patience and perseverance|
|Swimming||Builds endurance and muscle strength|
|Walking||Enhances cardiovascular fitness|
|Woodworking||Encourages analytical and logical thinking|
|Yoga||Improves coordination and balance|
The above activities demonstrate why hobbies are so important to living fit and healthful lives. Many require some physical or whole brain activities, meaning that the left and right sides of the brain are engaged in learning. Hobbies also provide opportunities to meet and gather with others who enjoy the same activities. This common ground is often the basis of friendships and beneficial relationships that can improve one’s quality of life.
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