How Do Hobbies Make You Happy?
There are many benefits of aopting hobbies among which mental satisfaction, having fun and staying stress free are few ones. But is it true that hobbies make you happy? If it is so, then gaining happiness or staying happy is few steps away from you, you need to select which habby or interest attracts you most and here it goes-------
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.
There is no specific formula to stay happy and definition or perspective about happiness varies according to personalities among humans. Though it is obvious that staying busy and involving oneself into favourite activities or hobbies helps you get rid of depression, stress etc.
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.”
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.'
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 us?
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.
Hobbies lead you a path to your happiness and also to the happiness of your family.
Happiness and hobbies also can go hand in hand with flow theory. Flow theory is the feeling of complete and energized focus in an activity, with a high level of enjoyment and fulfillment. The components of a Flow producing activity are:
- We are up to the activity.
- We are able to concentrate on the activity.
- The activity has well-defined goals.
- The activity has direct feedback.
- We feel that we control the activity.
- Our worries and concerns disappear.
- Our subjective experience of time is altered.
Just remember that your hobbies can make you feel better and you can choose what those may be. If you are keen to discover the joy of feeling upbeat and positive every day, then it’s time to pursue a hobby to synchronise your body, mind and soul.
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.
Clinical Psychologist Dr. Ellen Kenner defines happiness:
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.
More at: What is happiness?
* YouTube video: Hobbies Lead To Happiness