Practicing a hobby is one of the best ways to spend your free time. Hobbies stave off boredom, boost creativity, and increase self-confidence. Nowadays, there are so many options; you're only limited by your own preconceptions. Why not roll up your sleeves and try out a few new activities. Explore your multifaceted personality, and don’t be intimidated by a learning curve. The best time to start is now.

Learning a language

Learning a language has never been easier. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of resources dedicated to helping you develop the skills you need for conversations or more in a new tongue. Also, it’s never too late to learn a new language. Despite the common myth, adults are better in some ways at learning languages than children. So, go learn the language of a culture that's always fascinated you. Studies suggest it could delay dementia, and it's also a great way to make new friends!

Man writing out Chinese characters. golero / Getty Images



The ukulele has surged in popularity since the 1990s. There are thousands of tutorial videos on the internet to help you on your musical journey. It's also a great choice for accompanying singing, and is suitable for people both new to music and with years of experience. Its four, relatively soft strings mean the fingerings aren't as complex as those of a guitar. Despite this, it's a versatile instrument capable of playing genres as disparate as classical jazz and heavy metal.

A woman sitting on a couch with a ukulele. electravk / Getty Images


Soap making

Soap making is a simple and inexpensive hobby. The main ingredient of soap is lye, which is available in most hardware stores. If you're concerned about the potency of this ingredient, there are plenty of how-tos for other types of soap, as well! Then you need some type of oil and whatever add-ins to add scent or texture, such as flowers, honey, herbs, or oats. It's not hard to get creative. Better yet, this hobby is as practical as it is fun — who doesn't use soap!

Homemade soap on a table next to oils and dried herbs. Betsie Van der Meer / Getty Images



Got a lot on your mind? Journaling is the perfect hobby for you. This age-old practice improves emotional intelligence, increases mindfulness, and relieves stress. There are even studies that show people who journal regularly are happier than those who don't. There's a lot you can do with a journal, from recording your dreams, creating a bullet journal, or beginning a gratitude practice.

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Explore your city

No matter how long you've lived in your city there are always new places to explore. Be a tourist where you live. Never been to the most popular sights in your town? Go now. Learn about the history of where you live. Document your exploration in a journal, blog, or through photography. You can even do it with friends or start a club to meet new people. Additionally, you can check out the less-visited parts of your town. As long as it is done legally, visiting abandoned buildings and hidden places can be an exciting adventure and spawn some excellent stories.

A woman taking a photo of a sunset over a city skyline. Eternity in an Instant / Getty Images



If you want a hands-on hobby that lets you soak in memories while you create, give scrapbooking a try. It's the perfect mix of crafting and photography. Relive your favorite times with family and friends as you add an artsy touch to each layout. If you get into this hobby, though, you might want to pick up a new memory card. Having an outlet for all those photos tends to make people take a lot more photos!


Jewelry making

Making jewelry is a great hobby for anyone with a creative streak. If you are detail-oriented and like to work with tools, even better. All you have to do is choose the type and style you want to create, and then you can dive into the fun part of choosing your components. Making art is all about experimenting. Beads and metals are classic, or you can get fancy with chainmail, gems, or even bones. Look online for inspiration and tutorials.

Hands using pliers to shape a silver chain necklace. DejanKolar / Getty Images



If you're a night owl who loves to be outdoors, this could be the perfect hobby for you. You don't need much to start out. There are many phone apps for identifying constellations. Bring along a flashlight, chair, and blanket, and you are ready to observe the stars. You can also buy a telescope for amateur stargazers to get a more up-close look at stars and planets.

stargazing hobby



Calligraphy is the art of writing beautifully. It's simple to get started. All you need is paper and calligraphy pens, which you can get in most office supply stores. As you get better, you can graduate to different pens, inks, and fancy paper. Learn established styles of calligraphy, or create your own "font." The practical angle? Your friends and family will be blown away by the beautiful penmanship on their cards, gifts, and letters.

Calligraphy pen over text. Akirastock / Getty Images



Origami is the Japanese art of paper folding. The crane is the classic origami creation, but there is an unlimited amount of shapes and figures you can create, many of them very suitable for beginners. Origami is a great mental workout because it exercises both brain hemispheres. The benefits include better hand-eye coordination, improved concentration skills, and beautiful paper sculptures for the world to enjoy.

folding origami hobby


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