Mahatma Gandhi was really onto something when he said, “Learn as if you were to live forever.” Too often, folks say they’re too old to learn a new language, musical instrument, or any number of new skills or hobbies. The truth is that hobbies are not only fun and great stress relievers, but they’re great for your brain and mental health as well. Whether you live in a college dorm or in a retirement home, it’s always a great time to learn something new. For those suffering from depression or who are in recovery from addiction, the benefits of pursuing a hobby are even more valuable. Read on for suggestions on fun new skills and hobbies to learn by yourself or with a group of friends.
But first, a few words on the benefits of learning something new at any age. When it comes to hobbies, it’s all about you. What makes your heart sing? You may not have a career you love, but you can still create space in your life for a hobby you’re passionate about. You can keep it completely private or you can share it with the world. This is one area in your life where you get to call the shots, whether you decide to learn how to speak Spanish or start knitting blankets for charity. Research shows that hobbies keep your brain engaged and active. Plus, they give you something to talk about! Here are four ideas to inspire you:
So, what shall it be? Is it finally time to learn how to play the guitar or take up beekeeping in your backyard? Maybe there’s something you used to enjoy doing until life got in the way? The next time you’re tempted to spend an hour or two on Facebook, web surfing, or having a date with Netflix, consider taking that first step toward a new hobby. At the end of the day, the feeling of accomplishment you’ll get will be cause for celebration. You might even make some new friends along the way.
This blog was written by guest author Julie Morris