5 Healthy Hobbies Anyone Can Learn – Everyday Health | Directory Mayhem

All work and no play? Maybe it’s time to pick up a hobby.

We know, we know – you’ve heard it before. But there’s some legitimate research showing that leisurely activity can benefit your physical, mental, and cognitive health. And with the cooler months just around the corner, now is a good time to find out how you can spend that extra time indoors.

“Usually we think of hobbies [being for] Kids or teens, but it’s important to continue to develop and cultivate hobbies as adults,” says Stephanie Gilbert, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Santa Monica, California. “Hobbies help us maintain emotional balance, increase our zest for life, and encourage play.”

Read on for the research behind health-boosting hobbies — and how to find an easy-to-master activity you’ll love.

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