5 Creative Hobbies for Happier Living

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Do you find yourself going from day to day, task to task, and feeling burned out from the routine? Then it’s time to find some creative hobbies and stir up your artistic juices!

Most of our life is spent going through items on a checklist and much of our time is filled with to-do’s that we honestly don’t really want to do. That’s why it’s important to not only create space in your calendar for yourself but also to invest time and energy into creative hobbies.

As children, we are encouraged to spend a lot of time creating, learning, and exploring. However, as we get older that starts to become smaller as our academic world shifts to knowledge acquisition and retention. Unless your creativity continues to be nurtured throughout that transition, an adult can wake up one day and look around to see that they simply don’t have any hobbies.

Today, we encourage you to find a hobby that brings you joy so you can live happier and continue to find new things and experiences that you love. Feeling stumped on ideas?

Here are 5 Creative Hobbies for Happier Living:

  1.  Coloring Books

Get back to basics and color outside (or inside) the lines! Choose your own adventure style when you invest in coloring books, either for adults or children to promote relaxation, stress relief, and creativity. There are hundreds, maybe even thousands, to choose from so you’ll never run out of pages to color. Spending 15 minutes a day working on a page will do more for lowering stress levels than an hour or two of TV a night. You can even do this in bed! Keep a small box of colored pencils, pens, or crayons next to your bed and color away until you start to feel your body relax. It’s a great way to set the tone for a restful night’s sleep as well as allows your mind to unwind by taking a break from screen time.

  1.  Ceramics

Jump in with some earth! There’s nothing quite like making something with your own hands, it’s grounding and creative, and the best part is there’s no “perfect” way to create ceramic pieces. Feeling adventurous? Get to work on a potter’s wheel to make that beautiful vase. Want to ease into it? You can create and shape plates, bowls and so much more with only your hands and some tools. At the end of the day, you will have created something beautiful and original from a lump of clay and if you’re looking to save some money at the end of the year, you’ve just created personalized holiday gifts! This is a hobby that is never boring; the sky’s the limit!

  1.  Cooking

Cooking is one of the easiest hobbies to pick up given that you’re already creating and preparing meals on a daily basis. There are many ways to make cooking more enjoyable, start with a cooking class or two to find different ways and styles of food you enjoy making and then bring that into your home. There’s no limit to how much you can learn to create and cook! With thousands of fascinating cultures on this planet, there are millions of recipes just waiting for you to cook and explore.

  1.  Painting

If you love the idea of creating something with a little more guidelines, painting is a great hobby to invest in because you can follow a picture or existing painting while adding your own flair to it. Painting classes are everywhere and can be adapted to working by yourself or in a group session based on the experience you want. Painting is a great way to relax and enjoy spreading your creative wings to see what you can create!

  1.  Tap Dancing

There are so many interesting and fun ways to exercise, one of the best is learning tap dancing! Taking classes will not only connect you with other people who share your passion, but will also stretch your mind, balance, and coordination as you learn the steps. It’s exercise, comradery, and a fun hobby you can develop for years to come.

What are your favorite creative hobbies? Do you have any that were not mentioned above? Please share them with us in the comments section below!

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*Originally published on October 1, 2018.

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