Hobbies offer you many benefits: they are fun and a great way to pass the time, they can raise your self esteem, and they can teach you new skills that help you grow and prosper. So stop saying, “I need a hobby,” and go out there and find one! It can be hard to find that new activity, though, especially if you don’t know how to find a hobby. So, here are thirty-five (and growing!) ways to find that new passion that will give your life meaning and help you build a deeper and more fulfilling life. I’ve divided them into rough categories based on general interests. In addition, I’ve also included some resources (links) to get you started in that hobby direction if you really are interested in that area. Enjoy!
- One general note before we start: Stick with your hobby once you find it! Granted, you may have to bounce around a bit, experimenting with different ideas, until you find the hobby just for you. But don’t be a dilettant, as you’ll spread yourself too thin. While there is something to be said about being a Renaissance man or woman, you also need to focus on one to three hobbies so that you can improve your skills and get deep into a discipline. Don’t stress about finding the “perfect” hobby “meant” for you – just find ones that you enjoy!
Making Money Hobbies
- Even though money making is often thought of drudgery, you can also make it into a hobby if you approach it right. For instance, it’s possible to learn ways to make money online, even ways to build an online business, all from the “comfort” of your computer chair.
- Want to learn how to trade the stock market? This is a great way not only to invest money and get good returns but even to score big with penny stocks.
- Do surveys, contests, and programs to get free stuff. This can be a great way to get some extra gear while learning new skills, all in your spare time.
- Everyone loves shopping, so why don’t you go to a mall or your favorite store and see what you find?
- Who doesn’t love food? Expand your culinary horizons by learning how to cook or increase your cooking knowledge. You can also improve your tasting abilities with fine cuisines and wine.
- Along those lines, how about exploring local restaurants? Learn about all the food out there that the world has to offer.
- If you already watch movies or TV, why don’t you try expanding your horizons a bit? Try making this activity into a full blown hobby by making it more focused – for instance, watch all the movies of a particular director, or even a single genre, and learn everything you can about the films and TV you pick.
- How about trying collecting? There are many things to collect, and you don’t necessarily have to spend money to do this. From stamps to swords and books and cards, what you collect is only limited by your imagination.
- Care for a little adventure? Try roleplaying games or video games. Expand beyond your usual tastes if you already do this, and consider thinking and working harder when it comes to developing your knowledge.
- Play new games, like chess, and try to master them. Join competitions to test your new skills.
- Enjoy the great outdoors. Go biking, swimming, or hiking.
- Check out local history or visit museums to learn about the world around you.
- A little more adventurous? How about sky diving or rock climbing?
Personal Development Hobbies
- Get an education. There are plenty of e-books and other products out there that can help you start up a new hobby. Visit Amazon.com for some leads. Go there and browse the categories that look interesting to you; then, see what the top products are in that category. This will help you brainstorm some things to try or products to purchase that can help you find a great way to pass the time.
- Some hobbies offer you benefits beyond the hobby itself. One great class of hobbies to take up is fitness and sports. Join a gym, lift weights, or take a fitness class. Start playing pickup sports or join a league. Or just mess around on the court, field, or ice for fun. You can improve your health, make friends, and have fun at the same time. You can also try to follow a new sport – hockey, baseball, football, or whatever – and try to learn everything you can about it.
- How about karate, wrestling, boxing, MMA, or some other martial art? You’ll gain confidence, strength, and fitness while also learning a discipline that can keep you focused.
- Learn a foreign language – French, Spanish, German, Chinese, or any other one that you enjoy and might find useful in the future.
- With the ease of access to technology and knowledge, science is within nearly anyone’s reach – from natural history to biology and astronomy to chemistry, you can make scientific discoveries in your own home with diligence and the right approach.
- Try learning more about computers, programming, and building websites. Or you can start a new blog on any topic you’d like. This is a great way to create new skills that may be useful for careers down the line.
- Develop your spiritual side – learn about your religion or take up a new one.
Reading, Writing, and the Arts
- Reading is a classic stand-by. You can read fiction, non-fiction, or both. Join a book club or discussion group to get the most out of your reading.
- If you like reading, how about giving writing a chance? There are many genres to try, from fiction and non-fiction to plays, screenplays, poetry, and more. You could also write for websites.
- The arts are also a great discipline to try. From painting and sculpting to drawing and filmmaking, you’ll never run out of possibility and room for growth with this hobby.
- How about expanding your musical horizons? Look for different ands and genres of music. If you really want to be adventurous, try writing your own music. Or you could pick up a new instrument – singing, piano, guitar, violin, oboe – whatever instrument you like and that fits in your budget.
- Magic tricks and other performing arts – comedy, improv, dance, and the like – are all good hobbies to pick up – as long as you don’t mind being on stage or displaying your talents in front of people.
- How about rearing life? Enjoying new pets or raising plants (gardening) can be a great way to direct your attention elsewhere.
- Volunteer for causes and make donating your time a hobby – you’ll help lots of people in the process and you’ll gain new skills to boot.
- How about traveling around the world? If you don’t have the taste for that, you might be able to find great places to visit close to home.
- Enough with the specific ideas. Here are some general tips – see what your friends and family are doing and join them. You could also ask them for the things they like to do and try those hobbies out for a few days. It’s a great way to spend time with your friends and family while also learning new hobbies.
- If there’s a hot new activity out there, give it a try. You can meet lots of new people this way, especially if it’s a group activity.
- What limitations do you have – health, time, and budget? This may limit or expand your possible hobby choices.
- Take an online quiz or test that will evaluate your interests and give you more tailored suggestions for hobby possibilities.
- Finally, visit hobby shops for more ideas – they’ll have products that can get you started in a myriad of domains.
- To conclude: This is a small sample of the things you could do – just get out there and explore the world and what it has to offer!
Got any more ways? Leave them in the comments!