There’s something so satisfying about starting a hobby, especially when you know that it will benefit you either physically, emotionally or both. Unfortunately, whether related to time or financial constraints or simply due to waning interest, research shows that the average “shelf life” of a new hobby is just one year and four months.
Are you hoping to find a hobby that you can enjoy for much longer than that? Then here are a few new hobby ideas for pastimes that are fun and easy to start and stick with, from stone skipping to playing online casino games and everything in between.
Go stone skipping with a friend
This is a slightly quirky hobby idea and is sure to be one of the lowest-cost pastimes out there! Often called “stone skimming,” this refers to the art of throwing a stone in such a way that it skims or bounces across the surface of a body of water. When you get into it, you’ll realize there’s a technique to the throw that involves a side-swipe of the wrist to get the object skimming nicely, and choosing your next stone is all part of it. Stone-skipping hobbyists usually compete to see who can skip their pebble the furthest before it finally sinks. The current record holder managed a staggering 88 skips! Now there’s something spectacular to work towards.
What you’ll need to get started: A body of water – the calmer the better – and a smooth, flat, preferably triangular-shaped stone. The stone should be around the same size as your palm and its weight similar to that of a standard tennis ball (although smaller ones can work okay, too.)
Learning new things
Why not endeavor to broaden your mind and maximize your knowledge at every possible opportunity? This is a fantastic idea for a hobby that will improve your life dramatically in the long term. People who embrace this pastime aim to learn skills or study new subjects by completing and enrolling in online and college courses – and doing lots of research and reading. Once finished, they move on to the next one with the goal of never stopping their journey in the pursuit of knowledge. It might sound costly, but in reality, there are countless free courses available out there if you know where to look (start online but also look in your local community for what’s out there.) Be sure to take advantage of these resources and, of course, always be on the lookout for discounts on those paid-for courses that really capture your interest and are worth saving up for.
What you’ll need to get started: Nothing in particular, but a computer and a strong sense of curiosity will certainly come in handy. You could also visit your local library or delve into your own collection of books lying around the home, perhaps even read a few of those classics that you may have been putting off until now.