The Benefits of Having a Hobby
Hobbies are pleasurable activities that people pursue in their spare time. They differ from work and school in that they are done primarily for enjoyment rather than to earn money or gain knowledge. Hobbies may be sedentary, physical, or creative. Those who have a hobby often report that it relieves stress and helps them to relax. Hobbies are also linked to play and flow (psychology). Hobbies may be casual where people do them occasionally or serious where they are very committed for a long period of time with a specific end goal in mind.
A good hobby can teach children social and creative skills as well as improve their physical health. It can also help to reduce boredom and increase their happiness and sense of achievement. Children who have hobbies tend to be more confident, especially if they are good at it. It is important to let children choose their own hobbies, however. If they are not genuinely interested, it will be hard for them to stick with it.
Hobbies are often creative and therefore provide an outlet for children to express themselves. Children who have creative hobbies tend to be more imaginative and can develop better literacy and numeracy skills as a result of their interest. It is important to encourage all children to have a hobby that allows them to develop their imagination and creativity as it can really benefit them in life. For example, musical and performance hobbies such as singing or playing an instrument are great for children as it gives them a focus outside of school. They can also develop their confidence, self esteem and empathy with others.