Hobbies are simply anything you do that’s for fun. The activity isn't something you are getting paid to do, rather something you enjoying doing on your free time that helps you decompress and connect with other people.
For a lot of people these days it seems like their only leisure activities are watching television and catching up on Facebook. That’s a shame, because hobbies—from rock climbing to collecting silver spoons—can have real benefits.
Of course everyone is different and your personality does play a role in what sorts of hobbies you like. If you don’t have a lot of patience you might feel like quilting might be too much for you, but exploring quick sewing projects might be a better choice.
Maybe you really like hanging out with friends, so you need to take a class or have an interest that you can do with a group. If you travel a lot, something portable or that you can take with you anywhere is helpful; if you’re a homebody you might love to be surrounded by a cool collection.
Think about the things you already like and how they might expand. If you’re always ordering fun drinks, maybe you could learn to make some at home. If you can’t resist the colors in the paintings at your favorite restaurant, perhaps you should pick up some paint or a camera and explore color.
The truth is you may not select the perfect activity for you right away but you can have a lot of fun trying out new things and exploring what’s out there. Do some web searches, visit the library, don’t be afraid to try new things, and soon you’ll have a hobby that provides you with a lot of fun and stress relief, too.