Hobbies can and should be an important part of retirement. Once retired from full time employment retirees find that there is additional time available for favorite hobbies or to explore new ones. Pursuing hobbies is positive for multiple reasons:

  • Keeping your mind active
  • Keeping you physically active depending on the hobby
  • Keeping you socially active depending on the hobby
  • Reducing stress
  • Instilling a sense of fulfillment and accomplishment

One of the main objectives of a hobby should be to reduce stress and help you relax. A hobby should not cause stress or anxiety and if one does it is probably the wrong hobby for you. Hobbies can include anything from reading books to playing golf to the more exotic treasure hunting or flying small planes or gliders.
While some hobbies appear to be geared to the individual like book reading or stamp collecting there may also be social aspects to these hobbies including book or stamp collector clubs that bring you together with other people interested in similar things.
Some common hobbies include:

  • Reading books
  • Playing cards
  • Coin collecting
  • Cooking
  • Gardening
  • Genealogy
  • Movies
  • Music
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Collecting stamps
  • Writing

Some more exotic and physical hobbies include:

  • Deep Sea Fishing
  • Flying
  • Mountain Hiking
  • River Rafting
  • Sailing
  • Traveling
  • Treasure hunting

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