What Is a Hobby?
A hobby is something people do outside of work that gives them pleasure and a sense of purpose. Hobbies can be as simple as stamp collecting or playing video games and are often enjoyable on their own or with a group of friends. They can be a relaxing activity or an exercise regime and can provide a good way to relieve stress, improve concentration, increase confidence, and develop a sense of self-worth.
They encourage creativity. Many hobbies involve the use of creative skills such as writing, art or music. They also help children develop their reasoning, analytical and problem-solving skills. Children may be encouraged to share their interest in a particular hobby with others, for example, by joining a club or communicating through online forums. Hobbies can also be a social bonding experience, for example, in team sports or social activities such as gardening.
Hobbies can seem to create more time by encouraging efficiency. Hobbies can help structure the day and allow you to focus on completing your work tasks rather than being distracted by other chores, family or personal issues. In fact, a study showed that people who engage in a hobby outside of work performed better at work.
Whether you want to learn pottery, start a book club or take up running, the New Year is the perfect time to try something new! Check out our full range of experiences on Classpop to find a hobby that speaks to you.