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The Happy List Day 5: Finding Hobbies

Feeling Happy

I was chatting with a girl one day when I was attending my best friends’ wedding in Charlotte, NC. She kept on complaining about how boring her life was in this not-so-exciting town.
“So, what are you doing for fun?” I asked her.
“Eh, just watch some TV… “
“You like doing anything?”
“Like what?”
“Well.. hmm. maybe you want to try something new?”
She said she wanted to attend arts school and learn how to make arts and crafts. But she never got a chance to do that.

I am going to put on the Psychology hat again. Researches show that those people who are in the process of learning new things and trying something adventuroues tend to feel more positive and exciting about their lives. They have something to look forward to each day. But many people find excuses not to give their dreams a try. They go back to their groundhog days.

I have first hand experiences in terms of the relationship between hobby and hapiness. I was a boring girl for a long time. But somehow things turned around and I started picking up new hobbies that I have never given myself a chance to.

Here is a summary of my hobby lists broken down by year
2003
1. video games
2. making video games
3. Personal financing

2004
1. Decorating homes
2. video games
3. Personal Financing

2005
1. Rock Climbing
2. Snowboarding
3. Hiking
4. Camping
5. Blogging

2006
1. Rock Climbing
2. Snowboarding
3. Personal Financing Blogging
4. eBaying
5. Golfing

I was a miserable bitch before 2003. Now, I feel happier and more confident than ever. I think that has something to do with my ever-growing new activities. The best part of having hobbies is that these activities brought me a lot of great friends. It’s so important to have a group of supportive friends. And my hobbies have given me the precious friendships and happiness.

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