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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:

ACTIVITIESBENEFITS
Checkers & chessUses reasoning and problem-solving skills
CookingConnects you to food history and others
DancingPromotes agility and flexibility
GardeningHeals and empowers
GenealogyFosters human connections
Learning a new languageBoosts memory recall
Musical instrument playingImproves eye and hand coordination
Paper craftingHelps fine and gross motor skills
PhotographyStimulates and improves creativity
Puzzle solvingTeaches patience and perseverance
SwimmingBuilds endurance and muscle strength
WalkingEnhances cardiovascular fitness
WoodworkingEncourages analytical and logical thinking
YogaImproves 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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