Creative hobbies that will make you smarter and more productive

Are you aware that some of the hobbies you do for fun actually raise your IQ and escalate your productivity?

It could be how we choose to distract ourselves from the worries and troubles of the day, or the aspects of our work that give pleasure. Whatever the case, it is good to have hobbies! 

In the latest survey of Ask Your Target Market, 56% of respondents said that they have multiple hobbies, 24% said they just have one real hobby that they practice or participate in regularly, and 20% said they don’t have any hobbies. In general, 74% of overall respondents consider having hobbies to be important. However, 66% agree that they can also be time consuming, and 66% said that they wish they had more time for hobbies in their lives.

Experts advice that you should have three hobbies: one to make you money, one to keep you in shape, and one to make you creative.

Let’s take a look at 5 creative hobbies that will make you smarter and more productive:

PLAYING BOARD GAMES – “Life is like a board game. Advancing forward is the key.” ― Torron-lee Dewar. This activity is a wonderful exercise for the brain, it stimulates brain areas that are responsible for complex thought and memory formation. Additionally, it assists in practicing essential cognitive skills, such as problem solving and decision making.

WRITING/KEEPING A JOURNAL/READING – It goes without saying that these are activities that have had key impact in making us better people. When taken up as a hobby, they sharpen our learning skills and help us discover hidden potentials for self-improvement.

DO-IT-YOURSELF (DIY) CRAFTS – “Crafting is putting ideas into action and then putting them together in an expensive adhesive.” Amy Sedaris. Depending on the project of your choice, this is an activity that creates satisfaction and happiness. When you make something, you feel productive. The process involved in the making, is engaging and exploitive enough to enhance your cognitive functions.

CROCHET/SEWING/KNITTING – Although it is considered to be more or less an activity of the elderly, those who have done it as a job or a hobby can attest to the fact that it requires total concentration . This will help you practice accuracy skills, develop better focus and improve your attention. 

LEARN A NEW LANGUAGE – How many languages, if any, do you speak fluently (not including your first language)? Research has shown that people who are bilingual are more smart than people who speak only one language. Learning new languages enables your brain to better perform mentally demanding tasks.

“Everyone should have a deep seated interest or hobby to enrich his mind, add zest to living and perhaps, depending on what it is, result to a service in his country.” Dale Carnegie

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