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By simoncommons, Apr 24 2019 01:00AM

It’s a Monday and you have spent half the morning trying to come up with plausible excuses to get out of doing any work.

But I have some good news: the key to a happy life – and I know you were wondering about that – is, apparently, spending more time on your hobbies.

New research published by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology is that valuing your time more than the pursuit of money leads to feelings of greater wellbeing. And by valuing your time, they mean spending it wisely on hobbies, exercising or being with your family.

Maybe you feel that you do not have the time to pursue a hobbie or that you feel you don't know what to do about finding a hobby. Well, I strongly believe that if you look hard for a new hobby it will past you by. It's about letting creativity in and not forcing it. I have a personal example of this. In 1991, just after the new year, I said to myself 'I really must get a hobby' as work was causing a huge amount of stress for me at the time.

I began looking, and searching, for THAT hobby. I looked at this and I tried this. Each time I thought the hobby had been found and I rejoiced only to find after a few weeks it had'nt gelled with me.

And then, sometime in the middle of the year I relaised that I had after all found my new hobby, my new past-time. The time to help me destress and have fun. Without be conscious of it I had started to get into Formula One. My interest had been caught by a BBC magazine previewing the coming season and I found myself spending more and more of my free time searching, involving, studying and enjoying the subject. It had creapt on me all along.

It is just one of my hobbies today - all helping me to unwind and relax (unless my favourite driver crashes out!).

So, dont force yourself to find or do a hobby - let it come in in its own pace.


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