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Reasons why we all need a hobby

Where were you May Day 2022? I took part in the Chobham Carnival with Chobham Rock Choir. Here we all are after walking through the village as part of the carnival procession and then singing outside the beer tent on Chobham Recreation Ground! You can't see me as I'm in the back row on the left - my hands are in the air waving I promise 😂

Why I Sing

I've been with Rockchoir 11 years and have seen people come and go within the group. I love the weekly singing and feeling part of the community. Although there are some nights I don't want to go out, I can guarantee that I'll be in a better mood by the time I leave and I enjoy the natter I get with my friends afterwards! I'm always nervous about events - the reality is that no matter how long I spend trying to learn words, some don't stay in! That's one of the reasons you'll never see me in the front row 🤣 but being part of the group makes me smile, gives me confidence and gives me an excuse to get out of the house!!

Why it's important to find a hobby

According to Jaime L Kurtz in her article Six Reasons to Get a Hobby -, we all need hobbies. 1. Hobbies help structure your time - if we have something to go to, we can be more efficient in our day job. 2. Hobbies promote flow - getting lost in a sport or project invigorates and stretches us. 3. Hobbies foster new social connections - Countless studies have found that social connection is a key component of happiness and a meaningful life. 4. Hobbies make you interesting - They add to your identity, inspire you because they enhance you with a rich and active life and inspire others. 5. Hobbies help you cope with stress - Activities remind you that there are many facets to 'you'. 6. The benefits can spill over into other aspects of your life - Your zest will carry into other areas.

What's your hobby?

Does it give you a greater zest for life?

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