9 Hobbies That Will Make You Happy and Possibly Live Longer

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Being happy and healthy are two things that most people strive to achieve. Although they are both important attributes to have in life, they are not always easily obtained. Time, work, money, and daily responsibilities can distract us and force us to direct our energy and focus elsewhere. There are, however, many hobbies that can easily be picked up that will help us improve in both health and happiness. It’s important to engage in activities that are good for both the mind and body. Here are 9 simple hobbies you can start today that will make you happy and possibly add years to your life.

1) Writing

Sitting down with a pen and paper (or laptop) can work therapeutic wonders for those going through some kind of stressful event or trauma. Writing has been shown to help those with severe and terminal diseases have a more positive attitude about their ordeal. For example, a 2008 study showed that cancer patients who wrote about their emotions and struggles were better equipped to mentally cope with their disease. It also revealed they had an overall better quality of life when compared to those cancer patients who weren’t journaling. The health benefits are not just for the sick. Research journals have published articles detailing how expressive writing is linked to improved mood, and reduced stress levels and depressive symptoms as well as lower blood pressure. Additionally, New Zealand researchers found that putting your thoughts and emotions into words may actually help your body heal its wounds faster!

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