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Quick Read: The Value of Hobbies

Author: Ashley Vukovich

With your typical 9-5 work schedule, it can feel overwhelming to have anything else going on during the week in your free hours after work. Or the the free hours before work if you are an early riser. Don’t get me wrong, work is important. It's necessary to survive and to thrive in the society that we live in. But having hobbies outside of work is just as important. Hobbies are a great way to decompress from our busy lives during the week. Here are a few reasons why:

  1. Hobbies outside of work help relieve stress. With work, we have deadlines, long to-dos, and even tedious tasks like sorting through important emails. The point of a hobby is that nothing is mandatory. Having a hobby allows you to be the boss of what and how you want to manage your time.

  2. Hobbies can improve your physical health. There have been studies that show that people who have hobbies outside of work, even when they're not physical in nature , are more likely to have lower blood pressure.

  3. Hobbies increase work performance. According to Mark Zuckerberg, having a hobby shows employers that you have passion and drive. Other studies show that having a hobby is associated with “positive work-related traits”. These traits include better attitudes and more creativity in your place work!

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