Having a hobby can help relieve stress and prevent depression. Here are five benefits that having a hobby can provide.

  1. Hobbies can lead to new friendships. Hobbies introduce you to people outside your normal social circles.
  2. Hobbies give you something to talk about. When you have a hobby, you always have something new to talk about.
  3. Hobbies encourage you to take a break. Hobbies give you a chance to do something you enjoy and therefore relieve stress.
  4. Hobbies can improve your memory. According to a recent study by Psychological Science, older adults who too up mentally challenging hobbies showed significant gains in memory.
  5. Hobbies can provide health benefits. If your hobby includes physical activity you’re also reaping the benefits of exercise.

With all of these benefits and more, why not pick up a hobby today? Not sure what type of hobby you would like? See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_hobbies for an extensive list of examples!

By Liz Sanchez