Hobbies are Lifesavers

More than just a way to pass the time

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At some point in our lives, many of us forty-somethings wake up and smell the disappointment.  Life is not quite what we thought it was going to be.  Maybe you had a business idea the never came to fruition.  Maybe you had hoped to be on the CEO track.  Maybe you had a different career planned out entirely and somehow found yourself stuck in some dead-end job.

Or, perhaps the setback is something more personal.  You may find yourself unexpectedly single. Perhaps you are mourning the loss of a parent or a close friend.  Or maybe personal illness has changed the way you live your life.

Many people are fortunate that during the trying, disappointing, and occasionally heart-breaking times they have a hobby to fall back on.  They have something that they enjoy and they are good at it.  It brings them peace of mind.  It takes their focus off of the things that are going wrong.

Hobbies are a great outlet for stress, they can provide health benefits, and they help you unite with other people.  A 2013 Washington Post article stated “Research has shown that people who have hobbies are generally healthier, and have a lower risk of depression and dementia.”

Don’t have a hobby?  No worries, the Internet is full of suggestions to fix that problem.  To get started, take CNN’s Quiz Which hobby best suits your personality?  Also, check out this quirky article on BuzzFeed 17 hobbies to try if you have no hobbies.  Happy Hobby Hunting!

Written by Myrtis Smith

African American. Female. Christian. Sometimes-Vegetarian.

Wife. Mother. Daughter. Sister. Friend.

Writer. Teacher. Zumba Enthusiast.