Whether you are a passionate bookworm or you are just learning how to bring the joy of reading back into your life, the fact that reading is one of the best hobbies out there is not surprising news. In fact, enjoying a book has more than one benefit. It allows you to develop your cognitive skills and memory, promote imagination and creativity, expand your vocabulary and writing skills, and can significantly decrease stress.
And, if summer is the perfect season to enjoy a light read by the seaside, autumn is the best time of the year to wrap up in a blanket, sit by the campfire, enjoy s’mores, and immerse yourself in a book. But what to do with your free time when you are not reading? Here are five alternative hobbies that can be just as fun, exciting, and educational – find your favorite one today!
Wood whittling is simply the art of carving shapes out of a piece of wood. All you need to do to start practicing this hobby is invest in a wood whittling kit and find the right piece of wood to turn into the shape you prefer.
Of course, achieving the best-looking wooden sculptures can take you a while, but you can also start exploring the different techniques, carve out simple shapes such as spoons, and learn how to work with wood. If you are looking for a sustainable hobby – and you should! – make sure to use recycled wood or wood blocks and chunks that have already fallen off. Wood whittling could be a beautiful way to breathe new life into them!
Fountain Pen Writing
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If you have always been fascinated by ancient, elegant calligraphy works, you should try to write in that same way yourself. For this hobby, you certainly need high-quality paper and a fountain pen. However, just having these tools does not mean that you will be able to write beautifully – so make sure to check out tutorials that can teach you how to use a fountain pen and improve your handwriting. While the initial learning curve can be steep, this hobby can be extremely rewarding!
We all think about coloring as an activity for kids. However, over the past years, coloring books for adults have become increasingly popular – especially as studies have started to confirm the health benefits of this hobby! Today, coloring has been seen to be able to ease problems such as anxiety and stress, promote sleep, and improve motor and vision skills. Make sure to find the patterns and techniques that better fit your preferences!
Permaculture is a new, regenerative way to tend the garden and it is based on 12 important principles. If you are looking to create your own garden, reconnect with nature, and explore new ways to live more sustainably, getting started with permaculture can be an optimal hobby to take on – and, you might even be able to grow fresh fruit and vegetables to enjoy!
Volunteering is not often considered a hobby, but there is no better way to spend your free time than helping others and fighting for the causes that you feel closest to your heart. Get in touch with a local animal sanctuary, charitable organization, or volunteering initiative to know how to best use your skills for your community and the environment.
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