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Hobbies- A psychological perspective (Quoted in Mid-day)

Updated: May 31, 2021

Quoted in Mid-day on 21st, May 2021

A psychological perspective on how hobbies help us..

“Gardening, cooking or art-based activities compel you to use multiple senses at once, while being present in the moment. And so, they serve as informal mindfulness exercises,” says Dr Nahid Dave, a psychiatrist at Thought Matters.

“When most people take a break, they either spend their time on the phone or a gadget or doing nothing. This creates a sense of aimlessness. Hobbies, on the other hand, mentally cut you off from your regular routine. They also give you a mild dopamine high. Unlike binge-watching or addictions, this high can be sustained and replicated,” Dr Dave points out.

Dr Dave warns against focusing on the outcome, to the extent that you stop enjoying the process.

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