Three Hobbies That Will Help You Boost Your Creativity

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Your super-busy life may make you think that you can’t add more recreational activities to the list. But please consider the fact that hobbies are actually useful for your productivity as well. According to a study by the Australian Psychological Society, spending time on hobbies moderately can help you to manage stress. Another study published on Taylor & Francis Online even furthered the positive benefit of having hobbies by pointing out that spending time on a creative hobby during the day can lead to wellbeing that can last until the next day. 

Now that you understand the benefits, here are three hobbies that can help you improve your creativity. 

Painting

coloring toolsThis may look like a generic idea, but only at a glimpse. In fact, there are so many styles of painting that use varieties of media. One example is diamond painting. Instead of using oil-based paints, diamond painting uses diamond-like resin to shed your imagination on the canvas. And as for the canvas, it doesn’t have to be a literal piece of cloth that conventional painters use. You can paint on your room’s walls, garage roof, and any other places (as long as it does not violate other people’s properties). 

Even if you are a professional who works with numbers and exact science, being able to paint contributes to your cognitive abilities, especially if you follow the realism style. You will learn how to translate the dimensions of real objects into a two-dimensional medium. 

Playing a Musical Instrument

music notesWhen you were a teenager, you probably wanted to play guitar and became a rockstar. Now, it all looks like a distant dream. But pursuing that urge to learn a musical instrument can benefit your life. The more diverse the instruments you can play, the more enhanced your creativity will be. For example, Prof. Frederic Ullen, from the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, concluded that our brain is naturally metronomic, and drummers, whose job is to keep the time of a song, are supposed to be better at problem-solving than others. The scan of musicians’ brains also showed that they have more white matters on their brain than those who neither play instruments nor listen to music. 

If you feel attracted to music again, don’t just dismiss that as an unworthy nostalgia, but follow it!

Writing

writingTechnology and science can’t exist without language, but language can exist independently, even to the civilization itself. This general truth implies how language is the core of humanity. If you can master how to use the right words for the right circumstances, you have just learned the essence of life itself. This may sound like too much, but let’s consider how scientific fields are basically accurate and precise terminologies. Even politicians can get elected to the parliament because of their proficiency in using words. 

Therefore, try to keep notes on your thoughts, no matter how messy they look. You’ll get to that idealized level of fluency eventually. But first, you’ve got to begin it!