Six reasons why starting a creative hobby will make you happier & healthier.
In the pursuit of happiness and well-being, it’s essential to understand the profound, positive impact that hobbies can have on our wellbeing.
Stepping into a new year offers us a way to naturally reflect on what brings us true happiness and a sense of fulfillment. As days start flying by and the resolutions we made on the first few days of January fade, we can often grapple with challenges that hinder our joy, and seeking solutions to this challenge gets lost in the everyday tasks of life. The search for that elusive key to lasting happiness, is representative in so many of us who encounter similar struggles; stress, anxiety, and a quest for purpose.
The Role of Creativity in Wellbeing
Research consistently highlights the positive impact of hobbies and creative pursuits on mental health. A recent study by Harvard Health, learned that engaging in a hobby can enhance your well-being by providing a sense of purpose and fulfillment.
In my book, Daily Acts Of Creativity, I write about daily, intentional, purposeful creative activities that lead to a meaningful life and how it’s a powerful force for good. A creative hobby, passion, activity goes beyond being a mere pastime; it becomes a purposeful activity that contributes to a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction, with real-life wellbeing benefits.
Engaging in hobbies, ranging from arts and crafts to gardening, writing, dancing – and even volunteering, all provide access to creativity.
six reasons why creative activities are linked to good mental health and wellbeing.
1. Creativity: Unleashing the Imagination
Researchers affirm that creative activities, such as art, painting and drawing stimulate the imagination and foster a sense of innovation. The act of creating something new, whether it’s a painting, a sculpture, or a creative project, engages the mind in a way that promotes joy and fulfillment.
2. Sensory Engagement: A Multisensory Experience
Creative hobbies often involve a rich sensory experience. Gardening, for example is one of my most delightful obsessions, it allows for connection with nature, feeling the soil in between my hands and witnessing the vibrant colors of blossoming flowers and their growth is both awe-inspiring and grounding. This holistic sensory engagement provides a therapeutic effect, promoting relaxation and reducing stress.
3. Self-Expression: Finding Your Voice
Engaging in creative activities that allow for self-expression, such as writing, painting, or playing musical instruments, provides an outlet for emotions and thoughts. This form of personal expression is a crucial aspect of mental well-being, offering a means to articulate feelings that may be challenging to express verbally.
4. Relaxation: A Calming Escape
Hobbies aligned with creativity often act as a retreat from the demands of daily life. Whether it’s playing games, immersing oneself in a good book, or pursuing a favorite pastime, these activities provide a space for relaxation and rejuvenation. The meditative quality of certain hobbies contributes to a sense of calm and inner peace.
5. Cognitive Stimulation: Exercising the Mind
Keeping the mind active is essential for mental health. Creative hobbies that teach the learning of new skills stimulate cognitive function, enhance memory, problem-solving abilities, and overall brain health. This cognitive engagement is particularly beneficial for maintaining mental acuity as we age.
6. Social Connection: Combating Loneliness
Participating in creative hobby groups such as painting workshops not only provides a platform for shared interests but also fosters social connections. Human beings are inherently social creatures, and maintaining a sense of community helps combat loneliness and isolation. Whether it’s discussing shared hobbies, collaborating on projects, or simply enjoying each other’s company, these interactions contribute to a positive sense of belonging.
The Gateway to Happiness: A Creative Hobby
The yearning of happiness and purpose is a way of life, rather than a destination. The answer to a happier and healthier life, lies in the world of creativity, particularly in a hobby, activity, passion or project. Engaging in activities like painting, writing, or gardening not only acts as a stress reliever but also fosters a positive mindset and takes you on a journey of self-discovery and awareness.
So as you embark on this journey of creativity, remember that happiness is not a destination; it’s a way of life. Embracing a creative hobby can be the catalyst for positive change in your well-being, help find purpose, and unleash your joy.
Let this be the year you create your happy, healthy and creative life.
Be creative, Queen!
Ways to dive into a creative hobby
1. Read my book, Daily Acts of Creativity, it offers a daily dose of inspiration and over 100 creative activities to prompt and infuse creativity into your routine. It’s a guide to making every day a canvas for self-expression and fulfillment.
2. Discover your inner artist in the wonderful world of watercolour painting as our VIP (very important painter) and join one of our Watercolour Workshops at the Lorn Rose Farm in the Hunter Valley, NSW.
3. Reach out to me and let’s talk chat about how I can support you on your path to a more happier, healthier and creative life.