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The holidays are such a magical time of year! Most people enjoy spending time with families, hearing the Christmas music playing in the stores and the general happiness and positive energy people are tossing around like confetti. For some parents the holidays can be a bit more of a challenge and not because of our grinch attitudes or dislike of the season. The holidays are different for some parents because the holidays are different for our kids. As a mother of three beautiful kids, a girl and two boys (both boys have disabilities) I know how unusual it can be to help your kids enjoy the season as much as others. Our oldest boy has ADHD and struggles to complete tasks or enjoy quiet, calm activities like others his age. Our youngest has Asperger’s which makes it a struggle for him to enjoy the wide range of emotions so many kids express this time of year. The holidays are not always easy for them simply because they experience things differently and don’t enjoy the same activities. Th

Top 6 Hobbies That Will Boost Your Happiness, Productivity, and Health


A hobby is an activity that you do for your own enjoyment. Hobbies can be big or small, expensive or free. They can teach you new skills and bring more meaning to your life. Most importantly, however, hobbies can give you a sense of fulfillment. So if you're looking for ways to improve your happiness and productivity at work and boost the overall health of your mind, body, and spiritconsider trying some of these six hobbies:

Walking

Walking is one of the best hobbies you can do to improve your health and happiness. It's convenient, inexpensive, and easy to do anywhere. You can walk alone or with a friend; at any time, depending on where you live and what season it is (or even if it's night). Walking with a pet can also benefit you and your four-legged friend.

Arts and crafts

Art and crafts can be essential to your mental health and happinessArt therapy is one of the most well-known treatment methods for mental health issues. Art also helps you express yourself in ways that words simply can't. You may even find your unique style as you create new piecesand who doesn't love that?

Music

There are plenty of reasons to love music, but it's one of the best hobbies because it can improve your health and happiness. Listening to music has been linked with a lower risk of depression, anxiety, and anger and an increased ability to relax and sleep better.

Playing or singing your favorite tunes can help you deal with pain and boost your immune system. Some research even suggests that singing in groups is an effective way for people with dementia or Alzheimers disease to stay socially connected. Because music connects us with other peoplewhether we're listening to them sing on stage or dancing along at a concert. Playing music allows us to enjoy music, and be creative, while keeping our minds active, so getting an instrument from a site similar to cranemusic.com can help you enjoy music, and express yourself creatively. 

Staying active

People spend a lot of time sitting in front of a computer, and research shows that staying active is one of the most important things we can do for our health. Get moving. You don't have to be an Olympic athlete or marathoner to reap the benefits of regular exercise. Try starting with brisk walking, which has been shown to improve mood, reduce stress, and lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. If you're not into walking but still want an aerobic workout, try runningeven if it's just around your neighborhood for 30 minutes every dayor find another physical activity you enjoy, such as swimming or biking.

Cooking

Cooking is one of the funnest hobbies. You can make healthy food, you get to meet people, relieve stress, express your creativity, and learn new skills. Whether you enjoy baking or cooking for yourself or another person, cooking is a great way to have fun while being productive at the same time.

Socializing

Socializing is a great way to improve your mental health. When you interact with others, your brain releases endorphins, chemicals that make you feel good and help reduce stress. Socializing can help you meet new people who may become your friends or mentors.

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