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How To Enjoy Life Fully

Updated on August 8, 2014

I was in an exhibition hall showing excellent photographs of eminent artists when a cute photograph attracted my attention. As I drew near my daughter she confirmed that it was by one of our very known family friends who was working with a multinational company as a software engineer having an inclination for photography. That he has been elevated to such a dizzy height of attainment throwing challenge to the professional photographers was beyond my imagination and while congratulating him on his brilliant achievement I advised my little daughter the necessity of picking up desired hobbies along with the usual studies for establishment in life.

People love to cling to his or her choice of art while pursuing different professions. In the childhood days I could see a school friend engaging in carpentry jobs in his spare time. That a child loves to portray or write poems is very common. But when we hear someone established as a good physician visiting his art teacher of former days to sharpen his drawing acumen or a police personnel joining a group of artists to show his capability as a painter we can not but admire his learning tenacity beyond his usual profession by pursuing a hobby different from his usual line of activity.

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NEED FOR HOBBIES

There are people who remain so devoted to their office jobs that they seem to have hardly any time for hobbies. Students who are very sincere in their studies forget the fact that only studies make one a dull boy or a girl.

When people say they are overloaded or cannot keep up with their jobs it is usually the result of taking on too much. Most of the time they need to politely decline different jobs more often than not. One should develop the art of saying no which is key to avoiding being overcome by obligations others ask us to take on.

But unfortunately when the activities get tough and as people tend to buckle down under pressure, they start saying no to themselves first since saying no to others is hard but saying no to themselves is easy. So, they begin to deny themselves the things that keep them alive and energized. Leisure activities, sports, spending time with their family, are often the first things they sacrifice. Often when asked about any hobby they respond, “Are you kidding? I don’t have time for a hobby!” In fact, spending more time on yourself will result in more time and productivity at work. However, spending time on yourself results in more time and more focus in your other endeavours.

How to be Productive in Leisure

People who are running jaded and cannot keep up with their commitments have often neglected themselves. We must keep our body and mind in top shape if we expect to go for high performance.

We have a few of the benefits of having a hobby:

A)Recharging the energy battery – A hobby provides renewed energy and excitement. This will also pass on to the rest of our activities.

B)Sparking Creativity – When we are pursuing our hobby it sparks our creativity. We are more likely to have creative unfolding of ideas. It is observed that even solutions to problems we are facing will come to us as we engage in such activities.

C)Preventing the state of being extremely tired – Anything, even a machine, doing the same thing over-and-over again eventually burns out. If we do not take a break to refresh ourselves we too will face the same consequence. Interestingly, this is also true in our personal lives.

D) Personal Growth – We all need to keep growing both professionally and personally. If your hobby is drawing photoprahy or even reading, you will grow from it.

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A Hobby is About all round development

It is unwise to Focus too much on one thing while neglecting the essential things that recharge us. That will ultimately lead to failure. Spending more time on yourself you will have more productivity at work and all areas of your life including professional life.

As aptly said by Pablo Picasso

The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.

What better illustration of need for art may be given! In corollary we may well say that following a good hobby will definitely give us the much needed respite from our hectic work schedules and boredom to find renewed vigour and energy to do routine jobs.

Putting an end to our stressful job, or erratic job nature we may throw away all our inhibitions and take a dream-filled, inspirational journey to pursuing art ful hobbies which allow everybody to pause and take a breather from a stressful situation.

That reminds us of the great quotation of George Bernard Shaw

Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.

There are innumerable cases where a physician has to spend sleepless nights watching the condition of critical patients or staying awake waiting for emercgency phone calls. If the physician has no other jobs on hand he will have to spend such precious time doing own passionate things like solution of crossword puzzles, drawing, painting etc.

In the absence of such hobbies the life of a busy physician would be dull and and he would be driven to frustration in no time. So the only option for him is to pursue such creative activities from childhood that will stand him in good stead in future.This is equally applicable for any other professions and while doing daily routine activities one should hone own creative minds so that the life does not become unbearable due to the onslaught of work burden any time.


Passion for photography allows me to transform what we often dismiss as the everyday mundane into something beautiful. With digital photography, the immediate feedback connects us even faster. Such facilities as camera phones, remote uploads, social media sharing all allow us to see the world as it happens even if there’s no skill involved! The digital camera is a great engineering feat.


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Writing your Heart Out


From writing diaries to blogs or even facebook status updates, we’re all used to updating different events and portraying the things that happen to us into words.


Then we can jolly well take those exercise one step further by just writing about events into what is called creative writing. It’s a great hobby that can engage you productively giving the scope to earn extra income


Types of Writing


We can write fiction non fiction, poetry etc. Only problem the new writers face is writer’s block when the writer loses interest for dearth of inspiration. This phase can best be avoided by getting inspiration from different sources.The ideal reaction should be “ My writing comforts me when I'm upset, & excites me when I think about certain people whom I cherish”.









Choosing the right hobby

While for some people choosing a hobby may be a natural and easy process but for many others, it may be confusing as there are thousands of options to chose from.But the selection should match with his interest and personality type. If everyone is occupied with one or two hobbies besides routine jobs it will provide the maximum benefit to the individuals and society.

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Reading of Books/Newspapers

It may be said to be the best hobby among all the hobbies. One can get rid of boredom by going through interesting story books and the regular practice imparts knowledge to the readers. For more details give below my hub on the topic Reading Habits

http://arunkanti.hubpages.com/hub/READING-HABITS


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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 2 years ago from KOLKATA

      DrBillSmithWriter - Welcome to Hubpages community. As you have rightly mentioned retired persons must be engaged in mental and physical exercises so that they are not eaten up with ennui at home. Thank you for your rich inputs. God bless.

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Well written… so useful. If only those who really need it will read this! ;-)

      We have so many friends who are "retiring" from work… don't know what to do with themselves. We waited until 70, but still had very long to do lists with our various Hobbies. Hobbies, interests, passions… are so important. Thanks for sharing this great information! ;-)

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 2 years ago from KOLKATA

      I am glad that you have enjoyed going through the hub. You might have an idea how I have got such inspiration for having good passions in life if you read my following hubs:

      http://arunkanti.hubpages.com/hub/SONA-MAMA-AND-TH...

      http://arunkanti.hubpages.com/hub/GEORGE-DA-THE-LE

      Thank you for your visit and comments which are encouraging.

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      Ardhendu Dey 2 years ago from Jamshedpur

      Wonderfully written with superb ideas to enjoy life to the fullest. It is absolutely essential to escape the regular monotonity of life and express your views in some way or the other to lead a happy life.

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 3 years ago from KOLKATA

      @Vellur- Thank you very much for such positive comments which have only enriched my hub. Have a great week end.

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      Having a hobby is like a refreshing breeze into everyday life. We must choose hobbies that we enjoy, it is like a therapy to the exhausted soul. Great hub.

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 3 years ago from KOLKATA

      @Elizabeth Bowers-As I have commented earlier I have got the inspiration from my gifted younger brother who despite being a busy engineer has great passion for Tagore songs, photography, social service which he claim to recharge his energy battery. I cannot but mention another person, my Sona Uncle https://hubpages.com/literature/SONA-MAMA-AND-THE-... who even in his ripe old age would take extreme interest in many activities considering rest as only the short time in between two necessary jobs. Thank you very much for stopping by and leaving such wonderful comments.

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      Elizabeth Bowers 3 years ago from Tennessee

      Awesome article. I think this is something that people really need to think about. I know that ever since my grandfather retired, he has been so much happier as he has more time to actively pursue gardening, painting, fishing, and his other hobbies. Even when we are busy and working, we need to find time to relax or else we will become burnt out. Thank you for writing!

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 3 years ago from KOLKATA

      @Kati Mc-As I have commented earlier I have observed, much to my amazement, how successful men and women have left their office or business tension at the office premises and devoted themselves to different hobbies for at least some time to lead a stress-free life while honing their latent skills. Thanks for the wonderful comments.

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      Kati Mc 3 years ago

      I love this hub! I see too many people who have the creative spark in them, but do not give it the time of day. They get burnt out on work, and never get the chance to, like you said, recharge their batteries. More people in the world need to give their creative sides a chance.

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 3 years ago from KOLKATA

      @Vickiw- While I can not claim to have such good qualities I got the inspiration from my talented younger brother who has been introduced through my hub http://arunkanti.hubpages.com/hub/GEORGE-DA-THE-LE... Unlike me he is truly a cultured person engaged in jobs requiring multiskilling. I shall definitely visit your site. Thank you for your visit and positive comments which have enriched my hub.

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      Vickiw 3 years ago

      I enjoyed this Hub, and agree with your view that hobbies and new interests are vital for continued health and enjoyment in life. It's also important to pause sometimes and smell the roses!

      You may also find me at www.warnerwords.com if that would interest you, and thanks for following!

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 3 years ago from KOLKATA

      Thank you very much for stopping by leaving such apt comments. As I have said in my earlier comments successful men and women enjoy clinging to chosen hobbies even if they are very much busy with their own professions because this gives them the much needed breather from a stressful situation, to be socially more connected and above all enjoy life fully.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      The message is very relevant. We must not be so busy making a living that we cannot enjoy life. Thank you for the list of benefits which come from having a hobby.

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 3 years ago from KOLKATA

      @ChitrangadaSharan-Actually I have got the inspiration from my younger brother who has been introduced through my hub http://arunkanti.hubpages.com/hub/GEORGE-DA-THE-LE... Unlike me he is truly a cultured person engaged in jobs requiring multiskilling. Thank you for your visit and positive comments.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      A nice thought provoking hub, well presented!

      It is good to have a hobby, to keep ourselves positively motivated. I still consider writing as my hobby and not as a profession. That gives me a drive to write with enthusiasm.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts and thanks for the follow as well.

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 3 years ago from KOLKATA

      @DDE- That should be the attitude of every person- to remain positive and be happy in his or her ways without any negative thoughts. Thank you for your visit and inputs.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Life is just what you make of it be happy and think positive to have that enjoyable moment great hub with lots to think about here.

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 3 years ago from KOLKATA

      @travmaj-Thank you very much for stopping by making such wonderful comments.

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      travmaj 3 years ago from australia

      Well written and your words are so meaningful. It's so easy to become overloaded and not be able to relax and enjoy any hobbies or relaxation. Occasionally I have to remind myself to book into a course I've been longing to try , if I procrastinate the moment is over.

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 3 years ago from KOLKATA

      @rainsanmartin-Thank you very much for your visit and such apt comments.

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      Rain San Martin 3 years ago from Fort Wayne

      Well written article. So many people miss out on their core calling in life because of being unnecessarily overloaded. The masses are "busy", yet they do not live with purpose. As you put it:

      "When people say they are overloaded or cannot keep up with their jobs it is usually the result of taking on too much. Most of the time they need to politely decline different jobs more often than not. One should develop the art of saying no which is key to avoiding being overcome by obligations others ask us to take on. But unfortunately when the activities get tough and as people tend to buckle down under pressure, they start saying no to themselves first since saying no to others is hard but saying no to themselves is easy."

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 3 years ago from KOLKATA

      @agapsikap-When writing becomes the main job or profession one has to look for other hobbies to seek respite occasionally. Your comments have enriched my hub. Thanks.

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      agapsikap 3 years ago from Philippines

      I thought that writing online will become a hobby until I realize there's too much stress putting on one shoulder when writing became a work. Now I have to go back to cooking and gardening and scrap-booking . Finally I find it more relaxing doing those alternately. A hobby ain't a hobby once pressure in not under control. This is a very useful hub.

      A very nice hub. Voted up!

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