Find three hobbies you love: one to earn money, one to stay in shape, and one that allows you to be creative. Anonymous
Author Phyllis McGinley said, “A hobby a day keeps the doldrums away.” Winston Churchill advised, “To be really happy and really safe, one ought to have at least two or three hobbies, and they must all be real.”
What are hobbies? Essentially, they’re work that we do for fun. Along the way, hobbies can sharpen our thinking, enrich our personal-emotional lives and improve health.
Why are hobbies important and a Path to Joy? They:
- Relieve stress by focusing attention on pleasant activities
- Make us more interesting and build bonds with others
- Help us grow spiritually and expand mentally
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Here’s a list of 101 Hobbies to consider this year, which include physical activities, sports, travel, arts and more. For the practical-minded, here are 65 Hobbies That Make Money.
If you’re seeking new ways to handle these Stay At Home times, check out these Ten Fun, Quarantine Friendly Hobbies A personal favorite is learning magic tricks. See how to perform The World’s Best Card trick [amazing!] in the video.
A Path to Joy Arts Meditation #8: Hobbies
What I like best:
The multi-colored shooting stars with their fantastical tails.
Why I like the image:
The many talents and possibilities sailing to the star.
What the picture teaches about Hobbies:
Each of us is the star of our universe. Like the sun holding our solar system together, hobbies can add to our brightness.
The insights gained about the 8th Path to Joy:
There’s an old saying: All work and no play makes Jack [and Jill] dull folks. The sun’s shape reminds me to be well-rounded. Beyond the efforts needed for survive, I can thrive by finding time for refreshing challenges and as many enriching, uplifting and inventive possibilities as possible. Hobbies are the work that brighten and lighten life. Musician and artist Graham Coxon said, “My hobby is my job. It’s a jobby.” What a happier world if everyone had jobbies! What joy!
These ‘Paths to Joy’ are adapted from The Treasure Chest, an old book I found years ago. Page 117 contained “The Twelve Rules of Happiness.” Of special delight is using paints markers and ink to illustrate meditations inspired by this wisdom. The technique is adapted from the book Visual Journaling, Going Deeper Than Words, by Barbara Ganim and Susan Fox.
For information and to purchase the Paths to Joy art, visit Sandra’s Galleries.