How a Hobby Can Increase Your Creativity, Backed by Science

People doing gardening

Research has indicated that when we are positive we tend to be more creative. There are several ways to increase positive emotions and having a hobby can be a good option.

Hobbies are a form of play that you do because you want to and the types of hobbies are many. People collect stamps, go for a hike, sew clothes, scuba dive, paint, take care of a garden, prepare food, take pictures, play music, swim and so many other things as their hobby.

Hobby and creativity

A research done by Dr. Kevin Eschleman and his colleagues, measured the effect of creative hobbies on people’s behaviour. Creative hobbies are a form of creation such as creating a painting, creating music, creating a new look for your garden and so fourth, and it is something people feel passionate about.

The results of their research suggest that people with creative hobbies are more likely to be creative in their job, as well as helpful and collaborative.

And that’s not all, this research also suggests that people with creative hobbies feel more relaxed and they feel more in control.

Famous people and their hobbies

Did you know that Warren Buffet, one of the wealthiest people in the world, plays the ukulele in his spare time, Meryl Streep, an American actress, likes to knit and George W. Bush, former president of the United States, likes to oil paint?

What is your hobby?

The benefits of having a hobby are many. Do you have a hobby? If not, what hobby do you want to try?

Playing an instrument is especially beneficial as you can read about in this article.

About Birna Birgisdóttir

Birna Birgisdóttir is a Ph.D candidate, researching creativity and servant leadership. She enjoys learning new things and has a M.Sc. in International Business, B.Sc. in Business Administration, diploma in Human Resource Management and she is an Executive Coach as well as NLP Practitioner.

Birna loves new adventures; has travelled the world, scuba dived in Mexico, skydived in Las Vegas, surfed in Australia, meditated in India and climbed the highest peak in Iceland.


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