There’s no need to feel guilty about taking time to do what you enjoy most because research has shown hobbies are good for you! In fact, hobbies benefit both your mental and physical health.
If you don’t currently have a hobby you’re passionate about or are looking for new hobbies, here’s a quick and easy guide to help you find activities you truly enjoy.
According to AskMen.com, the top 10 hobbies for men include fishing, coaching, billiards, home brewing, collecting, target shooting, rocketry, fantasy sports, chess and mentoring.
All Women Stalk reports the top 10 hobbies for women are photography, making jewelry, painting, sculpting, scrapbooking, embroidery, nature watching, gardening, calligraphy and playing an instrument.
Also check out:
“10 Hobbies That Can Pay Off” from HowStuffWorks.com
“The Top 10 Hobbies to Effectively Relieve Stress” from Voices.Yahoo.com
Of course, these lists are just the beginning. Hobbies are just as unique as you are.
When you find the hobby that’s right for you, you’ll know it. You’ll have the interest and passion to continue. Until then, try out a variety of activities.
Here are a few ways to discover some hobbies:
- Sign up for a class at your local community college, continuing education, community center or through online courses.
- Go along with friends as they enjoy their hobbies, whether it’s hiking, bowling, going to car shows or anything in between.
- Join a local club or group. Meetup.com is one way to find groups organized around certain hobbies. You can also search for clubs and groups in your area using a Web search or through your city’s website or listings.
- Try volunteering as many hobbies involve an activity you enjoy and giving back, such as being a mentor or a volunteer coach.
- If you want to combine family time with a hobby, see what other family members are up to. You could coach your grandson’s little league team or take up golf with your daughter, as well as hundreds of other possibilities.
- You can also learn about a hobby you’re interested in through reading, watching DVDs or online videos.
- If you’re still not sure, take CNN’s “Which hobby best suits your personality?” quiz.
Participating in hobbies can help boost your mood and keep your mind sharp. Taking time to do what you enjoy and find your passions is a great idea for people of all ages. Sometimes it’s even something the entire family can enjoy together.