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The 5 types of hobbies we all need to develop for self-improvement.

What comes to your mind when you hear the word ‘hobby’? Painting, listening to music, writing a journal or maybe playing FIFA 22 with the boys on a Friday night. We all have distinct hobbies, they help us strike a balance in life which may lead us to live happier more accomplished lives.

A recent trend that went viral ascertained that we all need to categorize our hobbies into 5 special categories. These hobby categories might just lead us to live happier, healthier lives. 

Walk with me, as we decipher these 5 categories and find out how we can embrace hobbies that are beneficial to us in unique ways.

1. Hobbies that make you money.

Our ears twitch when we hear that we have an opportunity to make money. Well, apparently we can take up hobbies or use our current hobbies to make ourselves some good dough. 

Having fun while making money is music to everyone’s ears. Find new, exciting ways to monetize your hobby, you might just make a killing every day that you live doing your hobby, pun intended.

For example, if you enjoy sampling new food or exploring new restaurants, you can start a blog or vlog about it and this may bring you extra income. If you love taking photos, you can earn good money from selling your pictures on websites such as Alamy and iStock.

Just think of how your hobby can make you some extra money and try it out. You might be the next one screaming out “Mama, I made it!”

2. Hobbies that keep you creative.

The great Maya Angelou once said that “You can’t use up creativity, the more you use the more you have ”. Human beings have been creating since the beginning of time; prehistoric cave paintings are living proof of that.

We all have a sense of creativity in us; no matter who you are or what you do, you can find ways to summon your creative juices.

If you love painting, writing or any other creative activity, it can be good for your well-being. It has been medically proven that creativity can be good for your mental health, it can have brain-boosting effects and it can even be beneficial to your physical health.

If you love interacting with people, you can start a podcast and interview different people. You might take up collecting stamps or coins. In my childhood, I knew a friend who enjoyed collecting uniquely shaped stones and painting them in bright colours, later he used those stones to create a beautiful mosaic. His hobby made him a distinct talent and boiled up creativity in him.

So, let’s fire up those creative juices and let’s create!

3. Hobbies that keep you in shape

Our bodies are designed like vehicles. If vehicles remain stationary for too long, it might be detrimental to their engines. Same with humans; our bodies were made to move!

Finding a hobby that ensures our bodies stay active is very important to our well-being. Taking up hiking, bike riding, running or even yoga might improve your health.

It doesn’t mean you have to go outside, you can do simple exercises from your house and still see some progress with time. This is a hobby that takes consistency and patience, however.

Rome was not built in a day. It may take some time before changes are seen, but you can make the process fun and something to look forward to every day

Take up that dance class you have always wanted to try and see the difference it will make in your life.

4. Hobbies that build your knowledge.

How many books have you read so far this year? Many of us don’t really consider reading as a hobby. The main point is, find a hobby that will make you smarter or challenge your brain and make you learn something new.

Finding a hobby that can expand your mind and increase your knowledge is beneficial for everyone, regardless of age.

I recently embraced watching TEDx talks and I should say, I have been learning quite a lot. You can also gain knowledge by learning from others who know something that you don’t. Strive to engage in fun and animated conversation with people who might teach you something new.

Learning is an ongoing process, we never really stop gaining knowledge, ever! It is just up to us to find ways to learn.

5. Hobbies to help you socialize

It has been said that no man is an island. We all need people around us, for various reasons. With that in mind, we need to learn some new skills to be a bit more social.

Learning a new game or even working towards improving our conversation skills can be important in building a good social life.

Through this, you might end up building lasting memories and can build strong and long relationships with others.

Have you ever considered working as a volunteer in a community project one day? The experiences and memories you create might be invaluable and last a lifetime. You might end up making new friends who inspire and motivate you to be better.

It does not hurt to be a bit more social, I am sure it’s also good for your heart. Try it out today and reap the benefits.

Personal development is very important to us here at Village2nation Academy. We love what we do and we have fun doing it. We believe that enjoying what you do is the first step to success in any field. What started out as a hobby has now morphed into the next big thing, which is Village2nation Academy

We want to spread this all over Africa and the world, we want people to be empowered enough to face their futures and smash all their goals, all while having fun. We invite you to join us in this journey of a thousand miles and let us change the world!


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    • James Ng'ang'a
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      Thank you very much for your suggestion, we value it very much. We will be sure to incorporate Pro-gaming in one of our articles soon. Stay tuned.

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