Having a hobby helps build relationships
A hobby, by definition is a regular activity done for enjoyment that is unpaid and usually done unprofessionally. Having a hobby is not only good for your health, having a hobby is good for your social life too.
Whatever your hobby may be, you probably know that it offers several positive effects on us. Socially, it is one of the best and most fun ways to make friends while expanding our inner circle. It also helps to build up our confidence and relieve some stress associated with work and everyday life.
Here are 6 reasons why having a hobby is good for your social life
It expands your social circle
For most people who go to work, they typically see the same people everyday, every month, and every year. It’s certainly nice to have a circle of work friends, but you’re definitely limited in the types of interactions you may have. Having a hobby opens up new opportunities to meet new people outside of work. There are no requirements for having a hobby. The one main thing that hobbyists share is their passion! No matter where you’re from, what background you have, your gender, beliefs, or whatever, one’s passion for a particular hobby is the key component to connecting with another human. This means that you can meet someone totally different and opposite from you who shares the same passion you have for your hobby.
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The confidence you gain improves your social skills
When we find interest in something, we usually put in the time and effort into whatever we’re doing. For example, someone who is interested in photography will take the time to learn about shutter speeds, the rule of thirds, or how to take shots during the golden hour. Naturally, we become better at what we do consistently and this helps to build self-confidence. We feel good about ourselves when we accomplish new things and we are happy to share our ideas and achievements that we gain from it. In addition, confidence in knowing what you’re listening to and talking about can help you become a great conversationalist while upping your social skills to another level.
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Your creativity enhances, which in turn improves your social skills
Social skills really make you stand out from the crowd. In this day and age with automated work replacing millions of jobs, your creativity matters. Robots don’t do teamwork, collaborations, and good ol’ fashion human interaction. Creativity is also part of your personality traits, which naturally makes you more interesting. You’ll have more interesting stories to tell and share. It can also open doors up for you to teach or pass on your knowledge to someone who wants to learn what you already love doing.
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It helps with stress management, which can positively affect your emotional, social, and physical well-being
Have you ever noticed that when you’re engaged in your hobby, time seems to go so fast? Or, you’re so in tune with your hobby that you forget about all your worries? That’s because you’re living in the moment and enjoying what you love to do. Living in the moment—also called mindfulness—is a state of active, open, intentional attention to the present moment. Mindfulness reduces stress, boosts immune functioning, reduces chronic pain, lowers blood pressure, and helps patients cope with cancer. This is a worthwhile reason why having a hobby is good for your social life and overall health.
You grow and evolve as a person while improving your self-development
A person who loves art and takes on painting as a hobby clearly expands their knowledge and skills in many different forms. Taking on a new challenge and achieving things we never knew we can accomplish is not just self-rewarding, it’s personal self-development. Whether it’s physical, cognitive, mental, or social skills that you gain through your hobby, you’re growing and evolving to become the best version of yourself. Personal evolution is a life journey and by understanding this, you will develop new skills in awareness that will affect every choice you make in life.
You’ll improve your patience, which leads to wisdom and success in every area of your life
Learning to drive a car took a lot more than just practice. It took patience. And look at you now! I’m sure you’ve been driving to different places to see different faces, exploring countless adventures of life. Patience is a virtue that is much more valuable than we tend to be even aware of. Greater self-control, calmness, self-awareness, and inner peace are a few rewards for patience. These traits are critical when making informed decisions, thus paving the way towards a happy and peaceful life. With patience, you’ll also learn that happiness is helping others.
So, go on and pursue that hobby of yours! You’ll not only become healthier and happier, you’re sure to gain some like-minded friends too.