A hobby is an activity done for enjoyment and personal fulfillment, outside of work and family responsibilities. Hobbies often develop into passions and can even teach skills that benefit your life in other ways.
It is a great way to relieve boredom. A hobby can be something as simple as reading a book or playing a video game, to gardening or woodworking. Many hobbies are inexpensive and can be started at any age. Some can be done in groups such as bowling or playing a musical instrument, but others like painting miniatures or learning to speak another language can be enjoyed on your own.
Hobbies can also help you build new skills, such as learning to play the guitar or how to crochet. Some people enjoy collecting items as a hobby, such as stamps or coins. Other people may like to cook or bake as a hobby. Some people even take up extreme hobbies such as rock climbing or kayaking.
Having a hobby is a great way to meet new people and can be a social event as well. Some hobbies, like playing chess or card games can be competitive and involve other people. Some hobbies can also improve real-life skills, such as focus and critical thinking by playing chess or learning to journal by participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).
Having a hobby is good for your mental health and can reduce stress. Hobbies can help you relax and reduce depression, as well as increase your sense of accomplishment.