Does Having Hobbies Make you Happier?

How Hobbies Lead to HappinessToday I want to share my most recent article for Dermascope Magazine with you. For those of you who aren’t familiar, Dermascope is one of the leading trade magazines for the aesthetics and spa industries. I’ve been writing for them now for nearly 3 years, and while many of my articles for them are about skincare and are geared towards aestheticians, my most recent contributions have been on more holistic areas such as nutrition, stress management, and lifestyle upgrades.
Much of my focus as a holistic health and image coach is on nutrition, self care, and of course skincarebut I’ve found that all of my clients benefit from adding different tools and upgrades to their daily lifestyles as well. They find that their stress levels reduce, energy and productivity increases, and they just feel happier and more balanced in general.
By the way, when I mention the term “lifestyle upgrade,” I don’t mean “lifestyle overhaul!” An upgrade means simply taking a look at different tasks, routines, events, and habits in your life and seeing how you can make them pleasurable and even therapeutic experiences.

Having hobbies is a simple and fun way to upgrade your life

watercolorsOne way to upgrade your lifestyle is to find ways to infuse creativity into your day. I find that it’s also very effective to find ways to use your hands while being creative. Hand-eye-mind coordination isn’t just a motor skill you develop as a child–it’s part of the important practices of self awareness and mindfulness.
Many hobbies incorporate the mental mind, emotional mind, and also spiritual mind with some type of physical, tangible experience. Examples of this are painting, sewing, cooking, writing, and gardening. Of course the list goes on. These types of hobbies are great because you are actively engaged, you get something tangible from your efforts (a meal, painting, book, harvested crop, or pair of pants), and you have the option to enjoy them on your own or while actively engaged with others.
Though many of us are surrounded by people, I find that a good number of people today feel very disconnected and lonely. This is for many reasons, but I think long work days, obligations, and of course social media are largely responsible. Connecting with like-minded people in person and working toward a common goal is beneficial socially, and also for each individual person.
In this month’s issue of Dermascope, I share why hobbies are so important not just in one’s one personal life, but how they can also be used to improve the environment in one’s workplace. Of course this article is directed to aestheticians and others working in spas and salons, but it really translates to any type of work environment.
Please enjoy and share the following article:

How Hobbies Lead to Happiness at Work and in Life

What’s your favorite hobby? Please share in the comments.

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