Happy Hobbies – 5 Hobbies that Are Proven to Help Reduce Stress and Boost Happiness

Written by on July 12, 2021 in Travel and Entertainment with 0 Comments

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We could all use a little more happiness and far less stress. However, we often turn to the wrong places. Social media, Netflix binges, and junk food all have their place. However, if you turn to them consistently to de-stress and boost your mood, then you’re on track for a lot of disappointment. Of course, there’s no need to eliminate them entirely. Instead, enjoy them in moderation while focusing on bringing wholesome, happy hobbies into your life. The five options below should give you some inspiration:

1. Reading… but extra

Disappearing into the world of a book is one of the best ways to boost your brain’s happiness stores. However, there are some ways that you can add to the experience to draw even more joy from it. Creating a cozy reading nook with comfy pillows, blankets, an aroma diffuser, and soft lighting is a great start.

If you love curling up with a book on a rainy day but it’s sunny outside, select one of the many “rainy day” ASMR videos on YouTube and set it up on your computer or smart TV. This can also be a fun way to inspire your imagination. If you’re reading a gothic horror novel, try some dark classical music. If you’re diving into Harry Potter again, there are plenty of Hogwarts ASMR videos online.

2. Gardening

Being in the presence of plants has proven mood-boosting benefits. Whether it’s in a community garden, in your own backyard, or even just caring for the pot plants in your house, gardening is bound to help you de-stress and get a smile on your face. Amazingly, the mood-boosting effect of gardening comes from more than just the pleasure of the activity itself. It seems bacteria in the soil may activate the production of serotonin in the human brain, so getting your hands into some soil can have an antidepressant effect.

3. Learning

Whether you want to pick up a new language, learn to manage your finances, or launch your own web design agency, there are classes that can help you do it. These can be taken online or in person, depending on your learning style. The happiness you experience will come from the personal growth you experience and the new opportunities this hobby opens up.

4. Martial arts

Many people make the mistake of thinking of martial arts as being violent. The truth is, there are many different styles to try and many different gyms and dojos, each offering its own unique atmosphere. Most forms of martial arts will improve your fitness, willpower, and discipline. You will learn and grow each week, and these two factors are major mood enhancers.

If you’re after a more gentle, flowing experience, try Tai Chi or Aikido. If you want a high-energy workout, go for something like Muay Thai, and if you crave discipline and clear progression, Taekwondo classes may be for you.

5. Dancing

Whether you take up formal ballroom dancing classes, engage in energetic salsa sessions, or simply dance your heart out by yourself in your living room, this is one hobby that’s sure to fill you with energy and get the happiness flowing.

Preparing breakfast for the family in the morning can turn from a taxing task to a shared moment of bliss if you find some music you all enjoy and be a bit silly together. If you work from home, mini dance sessions can be a great way to invigorate yourself in the morning or take breaks throughout the day.

Try any or all of the hobbies above to reduce your stress and boost your happiness.

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