Having a hobby is not just a way to pass the time; it can also improve the quality of your life. According to website daringtolive.com, it is found that:

  • A hobby can give you a sense of self-efficacy.
  • A hobby can be a creativity outlet.
  • Having hobbies will keep your brain engaged.
  • A hobby gives you something to look forward to.
  • A hobby can give you something to be passionate about.

Here are 13 hobbies to completely change your life.

1. Meditating.
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Taking up meditation will help you to reduce stress, lower your blood pressure, strengthen your immune system, and even improve your ability to concentrate.

2. Gardening.
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It is found that aside from the benefits of growing your own crops and flowers, gardening: reduces your levels of cortisol, which is the stress hormone; cause positive change in the world; counts as exercise. Studies show that gardening reduces incidence of dementia by 36%. Gardening also puts you out in nature.

3. Cooking.
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Studies show that those who cook their meals at home are healthier and live longer than those who regularly eat out.

4. Reading.
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Reading sharpens comprehension, teaches your mind to focus, and improves your vocabulary. Reading gives your brain workout.

5. Playing an instrument
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Playing an instrument can increase cognitive development, improves eye-hand coordination and fine-motor skills. And here’s the kicker: playing a musical instrument raises IQ by seven points, in both kids and adults.

6. Playing Chess
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Playing chess exercises both brain hemispheres also helps to improve memory and to develop strategic thinking.

7. Dancing
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Not only is dancing fun and considered an exercise, it also reduces stress and increase serotonin, a neurotransmitter that’s linked to feelings of well-being. And it also makes you smarter!

8. Taking Up a Sport
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Take up a sport like badminton or volleyball that will help you meet new people. Team sports help you to socialize and meet new friends. So you don’t only get fit but you have fun and become happier.

9. Taking Up Martial Arts
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Studying and learning a martial art–such as karate–has real value. Aside from gaining self-defense skills you’ll be acquiring discipline and improving your ability to focus. Also, martial arts will help you to develop balance, stamina, coordination, and strength, as well as bring together your body and mind.

10. Crafting
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Experts say that crafting can help those who suffer from anxiety, depression or chronic pain. In fact, crafting has benefits similar to meditation. Occupational therapist Victoria Schindler explains that the repetitive motions of knitting, for example, activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which quiets the “fight or flight” response.

11. Writing
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Writing in a journal can help you to organize your thoughts, plan how you’re going to achieve your goals, help you to solve problems, and serve as a stress-relief mechanism. In addition, University of Texas at Austin psychologist and researcher James Pennebaker argues that regular journaling strengthens immune cells called T-lymphocytes.

12. Taking Online Classes
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Knowledge is power. Aside from gaining knowledge and information to help you at your current job, learning new things also stimulates the brain and keeps the mind sharp.

13. Juggling
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Try juggling. Juggling improves your focus and eye-hand coordination. In addition, it counts as active meditation: your attention is fully focused on the objects that you’re juggling, which puts you in the same beneficial relaxed state as when you’re sitting on the floor cross-legged, chanting.

A 2004 report from the University of Regensberg in Germany found that learning to juggle causes certain areas of your brain to grow. Unfortunately, the brain will return to its original size if you stop juggling, so you need to keep it up.