7 Creative Hobbies That Will Make You Smarter

What hobbies do you like to do for fun?

How many times have we been asked this question?

And how often have we wanted to respond with “sleeping,” “surfing the net,” or “watching TV.”

But instead, just say something basic like “playing video games” or “cooking.”

Not that video games and cooking aren’t fun, acceptable hobbies, they are.

But is that all we have to define as “enjoyment” nowadays?

Other common replies include photography, gardening, and listening to music.

They’re undoubtedly fun, help us pass the time, and give us something to do.

But there are a lot more creative hobbies out there that can actually help improve our brains and day-to-day functioning.

“In our leisure, we reveal what kind of people we are.” — Ovid

Keep reading to discover a few inexpensive yet creative hobbies you can indulge in while stimulating your brain and body!

Creative Hobby #1. Board Games & Puzzles

Board games are adults’ most common brain stimulators, making the perfect creative hobby.

You don’t have to buy the physical sets to enjoy this pastime activity.

You can find crossword and Sudoku puzzles in your daily newspaper or download digital, free versions on your phones and gadgets.

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Games like chess, Battleship, and Monopoly boost your strategy-making skills and bring out the child in you.

You can also choose from word games like Scrabble, Pictionary, and Taboo.

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Although it’s more of a party game than a strategic one, there’s also the trending Cards Against Humanity for more mature audiences, where whoever has the most horrible, silly, or bizarre thought combination wins.

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Playing board games is one method of instilling the value of fairness in kids at a young age.

You may not realize it, but kids can be pretty good teachers, too, not just opponents.

Board games double as family bonding time, and it’s one of the top creative hobbies for all ages.

 “People are three times more likely to learn and retain knowledge through playing games.”
Alvin Topfler

#2. Exercise

According to a study by the University of Illinois, college students’ ability to quickly and accurately process information improved after just 20 minutes of yoga.

Ronald Duman, Ph.D. from Yale University, also adds that regular aerobic exercise can stimulate neurogenesis (new neuron growth) which is beneficial in battling chronic stress, anxiety, and depression.

For those who are time-restricted, making your routine walks to work, or the bus stop brisker than usual can get your heart pumping faster without losing valuable time.

In fact, this can even cut down your commute period.

Remember to take care of your feet by wearing the appropriate shoes for your physical activities as well.

Who would’ve thought sweating it out did as much good to our bodies as it does to our brains?

As Friedrich Nietzsche says, “All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.”

#3. DIY Crafts

Here’s one way to do the Earth some good with a creative hobby!

You declutter, recycle, and personalize simultaneously, depending on your project of choice.

Grew out of your favorite shirt?

Cut out its patterns and designs, then use it as a patch to cover up the hole in your backpack.

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You can upcycle it into a tote bag with a bit of cutting and knotting.

Not only do you revamp something old, but you can also add personal touches to your projects to make them more “you.”

Create a sense of ownership without indicating your name anywhere.

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

#4. Music Classes/Playing an Instrument

Aside from sports, this is another way to practice your hand-eye coordination.

Reading notes while plucking on strings or pressing down on piano keys is harder than it looks.

Making your own music is the perfect outlet for releasing stress.

The researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital concluded that children and adults with extensive musical training show enhanced executive function when compared to non-musicians, especially for cognitive flexibility, working memory, and processing speed.

Creative Hobby #5. Writing/Reading/Keeping a Journal

Your writing doesn’t have to be made public.

Just write, even if it is just a hobby.

As you go on, you will develop and discover skills you didn’t even know you had.

Imagine the amusement when you read back on your journal entries five to ten years from now.

Remember a time you read a book and learned nothing?

I thought so.

Reading will always teach you some piece of trivia, whether it is a novel, a magazine, or an article.

“Better to write for yourself and have no public than to write for the public and have no self.” -Cyril Connolly

#6. Learning a New Language

Apps in the mobile market like Duolingo make bilingualism an easy feat, so learning a second language is an easier-than-ever creative hobby.

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There’s always the good ‘ol Google Translate for more specific word translations.

You don’t have to travel to use your newly gained accent and Italian skills.

It’ll come in handy when you come across tourists in your town.

Being a flexible linguist makes you a great conversationalist as well.

Plus, how great would it feel to finally not use the subtitles feature of a foreign film?

Two tongues, I mean thumbs up!

 “With languages, you can move from one social situation to another. With languages, you are at home anywhere.” Edmund de Waal

#7. Sewing/Knitting/Crochet 

Handling a needle and thread or yarn requires total concentration.

One wrong knot or loop, and your “flow” is ruined.

This will help you practice your precision skills, develop better focus, and improve your attention span, especially if you’re a professional multi-tasker.

It’s also a form of hand-eye coordination on a much smaller scale.

It’s a beautiful feeling witnessing those little knots, and threads finally come together to form one big picture.

Endless possibilities are just waiting to be unraveled from a few balls of thread and yarn.

“Sewing: A creative mess is better than tidy idleness.” — Author Unknown

Do you already engage in one of these creative hobbies?

We all need something to pour our energy into aside from our routine responsibilities.

You might even turn your pastime into a full-time profession if you’re lucky.

Professional board game player, anyone?

Let us know which of these hobbies you enjoy in the comment section below.

Also, tell us if there is anything you would add to this list!

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