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Useful Hobbies That Turn Your Passions Into Practical Skills

There are people in this world who are always busy doing something. They feel like they’re wasting time if they’re not being productive. This might sound familiar to you because you’re one of them or you know someone who is. When was the last time you pumped the brakes and did something that was strictly fun and not a necessity for work, school, home or family?  

Busy people need passion projects, too! Here are some useful hobbies that Cheryl Conklin from shared with us where busy people can learn online or with friends. After all, our mantra is to put useful things into practice (hence –

Learning a New Language 

Most Americans don’t speak a second language because we’ve never had to use anything other than English. We probably took Spanish or French classes in high school for a few years, but few of us retained the knowledge or continued to practice it to fluency. Learning a second language can be beneficial for travel, work or speaking with foreigners and immigrants who are monolingual. It can be even more practical to learn a language that’s widely spoken in other parts of the world and some parts of the United States, such as Spanish or Mandarin Chinese. 

You probably already know someone who’s using Duolingo or another free language app. These online programs are greater starting tools, but there’s no substitution for immersion learning. You can take a class with other students who are practicing the language, or find someone to practice speaking with you. 


While it’s possible to get through life without ever cooking for yourself, Time notes it’s healthier and more cost-effective to cook at home. If you don’t know how to cook, or even if you want to sharpen up your skills, try taking a cooking class with a partner or friends. A cooking class doesn’t have to be a big commitment. Some programs are just a few weeks long or one-offs. If you have a kitchen-savvy friend, maybe host a party where he or she offers a cooking demo for other friends. 

Another option is to learn on your own by following new recipes (check out our recipes which include videos too), playing with a cooking app or watching video tutorials. Many novices pick up new cooking skills by following recipes, looking up what terms like “sauté” and “simmer” mean and experimenting in the kitchen. 

Musical Instrument   

You might think that playing an instrument is a waste of time unless you’re playing professionally, but think again. Music may be an emotional plea to the heart, but it can also be great for the brain. Per LiveScience, playing music improves memory, organizational skills, coordination, concentration and discipline among the many other benefits of playing an instrument. It even has social benefits when you play with others because you learn to be on a team, you develop the skills to play collaboratively with other instrumentalists and you get to spend time with friends. 


Does gadgetry and logic excite you? Or perhaps interaction with computers is your favorite way to wind down. There are plenty of ways to turn an interest in computers into a hobby. Stupid Hobby suggest options like programming, web design, game development and blogging. And these can all become terrific hobby businesses if you set your mind to it! 

Your New Career Awaits 

Is your passion becoming something you want to pursue more fully? Whether you’re preparing to enter the workforce or you’re ready for a career change, advancing your education needs is probably at the top of your to-do list. For instance, a love of computers can easily transition into a fruitful career choice. More than just a way to get past the screening process, the skills you’ll learn in an online IT degree program like those offered at WGU will do more than get your foot in the door (although they’ll certainly help you do that too). 

Maybe it’s not your thing to play games, watch TV, or consume other media to pass the time. Maybe you’d rather be doing something constructive with your time, but you feel that you’re too busy. The truth is that you’re not too busy for a hobby. In fact, you’re probably not too busy. Everyone has a little bit of free time, so why not use yours to learn a skill that can be useful in your everyday life? Life is too short to not have a pastime. 

Connect with Be Happy Be Healthy for more ideas and inspirations that can help you live a fuller life! 

* Information and statements made by be Healthy be Happy are for education purposes only and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. be Healthy be Happy does not provide medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by be Healthy be Happy are not to replace conventional medical service. Any choices and decisions you are making are at your own risk. If you have a medical condition or health concern, contact your physician.

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