The Importance of Hobbies to Personal Growth

In today’s culture of busy-ness, it can be easy to think of hobbies as an extravagance or an indulgence.  However, hobbies are an important part of personal growth.  Learning a new skill, developing a talent you already have, and doing something simply for the pleasure of it benefits your brain, heart, and attitude.  Hobbies are good for your overall well-being.  If you’re not sure what this has to do with #familyhistoryfriday, keep reading!

The Purpose of Hobbies

Our friend Lori Jackson, a contributor here at Evolve, wrote a wonderful article last year on hobbies over at her blog, Choosing Wisdom.  In “Why Should I Pick Up a New Hobby?” Lori wrote:

Too often we associate hobbies with people who have too much time on their hands when it should be the reverse.  Hobbies should be what we work to make time for. Anything that stretches us, gets us up and moving, and trying new things helps us mentally, physically and socially.” -Lori Jackson

She followed this up with a list of the benefits of hobbies, including:

  • a mental break from stress
  • a challenge to the brain as we learn something new
  • greater positivity and lower depression
  • connections with others, even if indirectly

Did you know that trying something new actually helps you be more creative?  According to Fast Company, in “7 Surprising Facts About Creativity, According to Science,” “there’s a major neuroscientific basis for the link between openness to new experience and creative thinking.”  So if you want to be more creative, just try something new!

You can’t use up creativity.  The more you use, the more you have.”  -Maya Angelou

Your New Creative Hobby

What new hobby would you like to try?  Playing a musical instrument, gardening, and playing a sport are all great ideas.  What if, though…  What if you could take up a new creative hobby that would serve additional purposes besides your own personal growth and satisfaction?  Wouldn’t it be wonderful if your hobby could strengthen family bonds, increase your kids’ self-esteem, and actually create lasting benefits for generations?  What if that same hobby increased your gratitude, reduced your stress, and increased your sense of purpose?

Here’s a hobby that really does all that.

Believe it or not, you already have all the components, so you just need a few tools.  Just gather together these ingredients:

  1. your photos
  2. your memories
  3. your computer

Because photos can be overwhelming these days (since we take a gazillion of them), I made this video to simplify things.  It shows you how to take those three simple ingredients to learn a new hobby that is not only good for you but good for your family– now and for generations!  Everything you need for your new AMAZING hobby is right here:

IMPORTANT:  I had a technical difficulty from 27:11-34:05 of this video, so you can skip ahead through that.

So are you ready?  Are you ready for a new hobby that gives you all the benefits of learning a new hobby as well as all the benefits of memory-keeping PLUS blesses your family for generations?

I thought you might be.


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Jennifer Wise

consultant at Heritage Makers
I'm Jennifer, and I'm passionate about connections.I enjoy helping people discover the very real benefits of preserving stories, photos, and memories because of the impact they have on children, families, and individuals. I blog weekly at sharing tips, ideas, solutions, and inspiration, and I'm over at, too. Learn more about me at the "About" tab.

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3 thoughts on “The Importance of Hobbies to Personal Growth

  1. Great article and video, Jennifer. Keeping current family history is so important too – and can be a great hobby as well. What do you suggest for storing your photos until you’re ready to create your yearbook? I’ve been having issues with iCloud lately and simply pulling them from my phone. Amazon Photos seems the only thing working for me right now, but we’ve had troubles with it not syncing all our photos in the past. Would love to hear your recommendation. 🙂

    • Thanks so much, Jen. 🙂 Yes, family history is another great hobby that benefits YOU and others at the same time. The digital storage question is SUCH a good one!! I read an article recently about how many cloud storage places actually reserve rights to your photos! And I can’t believe how many cloud storage services “go awry”–how many people can’t find all their photos or have problems syncing. To be quite honest, I haven’t found a place better than a Heritage Makers account for digital photo storage. They don’t reserve rights to your photos, they’re stored in full resolution, and you can download *your own photos* back to your account for free (not the case with all online photo storage companies). Most photo storage companies are happy to just house your photos, but Heritage Makers’ goal is to have them end up in printed form (books, scrap pages, etc.), so their system for digital photo storage looks different than most other places, I’m sure. For all photos published in a project, photo storage is free and unlimited!! I’ve been creating digital books and scrap pages for 13 years with Heritage Makers, and all my photos from all those projects are saved in my account! For unpublished photos, it’s either a 2GB limit or a 25GB limit, depending on your account, and you can buy extra photo storage, too.