Having a craft hobby has been proven to help with mindfulness and wellbeing, let alone its anti-ageing and creativity benefits. Our article on crafts and mindfulness looks into these benefits with regular crafting. Therefore, we know that crafting helps us, but does having a hobby in general make us happier?
Research by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology states that “valuing your time more than the pursuit of money leads to feelings of greater wellbeing”. Spending time doing something we love, with the people we love, is good for us. According to the study, giving up overtime money and valuing our time is the key to a happy life!
The retail industry has seen the benefit of people having a hobby, especially a creative hobby. The £3bn UK Craft Market grew by 4.5% in 2016. This growth showcases the rise in popularity of hobbies, which is continually developing through popular TV shows and social media.
What is a hobby?
Having a hobby is something you do regularly as an enjoyable pass time. This could be a sporting hobby, a creative hobby or just spending time doing what you love the most. In an age where everything seems to move at speed, taking the time to do something enjoyable is a treat. But, should it be?
Taking a bit of time out every day to do something you enjoy is valuing your time. The study by The Society of Personality and Social Psychology states that “having more free time is likely more important for happiness than having more money”. Giving up a few hours of overtime may make you happier than receiving the money for it.
For the majority of society who aren’t super rich, most of our time is spent in work. It’s a necessity to live comfortably and many of us enjoy our working lives. Despite this, time away from work is precious, and bar the necessary jobs, we want to spend our time doing the things we love. Valuing this time and avoiding tempting regular overtime hours is key to our happiness.
Taking up a weekly hobby, or simply doing something you love with your time can only make you feel good. Whether its enjoying creating a card, playing a game of football or going for a meal with friends, it’s all good for you.
How does this effect the retail industry?
It’s no secret that having a hobby has become more popular over recent years. TV shows like The Great British Bake Off and The Great British Sewing Bee have sparked even more interest in taking up hobbies. Hobbies are now popular, and interest is continually growing. The guardian reported on how the “£3bn UK Craft Market is growing by 4.5% a year” showcasing this popularity.
With spending time on hobbies proven as making you happier, and the growth of the ‘wellbeing’ market, it’s interesting to see how it will develop over the next few years.