Do hobbies make you happy?

There is no specific formula to stay happy and definition or perspective about happiness varies according to personalities. Though it is obvious that staying busy and involving oneself into favorite leisure activities or hobbies helps you get rid of depression, stress etc and thus make you happy. Can we define happiness?

What is Happiness?

Clinical Psychologist Dr. Ellen Kenner says:
'Happiness is not merely a life lived by accumulating moments of pleasure. On the contrary, happiness is a long lasting enduring enjoyment of life, it is being in love with living. It is your reward for achieving a good character and personal rational values in life. Some important values are a productive career, romance, friendship and hobbies.'

Studies show that having a hobby boosts creativity, providing an outlet for your imagination to run free. So to help you stay healthy and happier.

In a recent article '10 Habits That Make You Happier' published at 'fox news' author has suggested to try one new hobby every three months for staying happy. Author says:

'Hobbies are a great way to lift your spirits. Not only does a new hobby give you a chance to set and commit to goals (a key determinant of happiness), but hobbies also offer the opportunity to make new friends and socialize (another important determinant of happiness). By diversifying your hobbies to include larger social activities and more personal, intimate projects, you’ll be able to address both the external and internal factors that determine happiness.'

Read more at: 'Fox news'

One of the most pervasive and widespread is a better mental health. After a hard day's work, relaxing while doing the things you love boosts your mind's health without you ever realizing it. This happens because engaging in your hobby leads to the release of various hormones in the brain, which are associated with reward, satisfaction, happiness and so on. Dopamine and oxytocin are just two examples, and they are both addictive substances. If they are release while you are performing an activity, then you will most likely try to do it again, without being necessarily able to logically explain why. You will only say “Because I like it.”

People develop hobbies for the sheer pleasure of it, as a stress relieving activity, to break the boredom of life or to generate an income from activities that they love to do. It can be one or all of these but hobbies and interests frequently offer a place to escape to, where one can heal the mind as well as the body.

What hobbies do for you?

Hobbies can relax your mind by staying out of work and concentrating on a thing you like. Thus they can help you reduce your stress level. Hobbies are very similar to meditation. Both in meditation and hobby you try to reach a common goal, happiness. There are no rules when it comes to choosing a hobby. It my be gardening or watching good movies or wood carving or listening to music or reading books or even it may be sleeping.

There is no better time than now to renew an interest in an old hobby or start a new one. Immersing yourself in a hobby is a great way to happiness. And, after all, being happy is what it’s all about. Happiness and hobbies also go hand in hand. If you are keen to discover the joy of feeling better and positive every day, then it’s time to start a hobby to keep your body, mind and soul refreshed.

Useful links and resources:

* Your hobby and happiness

* YouTube video: Hobbies Lead To Happiness

* Hobbies and You

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