Decem ber 2, 200 7 CAREER COUCH Hobbies Are Rich in Psychic Rewards By EILENE ZIMMERMAN Q. Between work and family, you have little time or energy left for hobbies, like crafts, painting or music. Without them, though, life feels mundane.
What can you do about it? A. Squeeze them in, even it 9s for just a few minutes at a time, because those moments can change your mood and your mind-set.
When people do things that make them feel good, like a hobby, it activates an area of the brain called the nucleus accumbens that controls how we feel about life, said Dr. S. Ausim Azizi, chairman of the department of neurology at Temple University 9s School of Medicine in Philadelphia who studies brain activity and cell signaling.
Activities you enjoy also stimulate the brain 9s septal zone 4 its cfeel good d area 4 and that makes you feel happy, said Dr. Azizi. Q.
Are hobbies good for you? A. Yes, and in many ways.
Hobbies can enhance your creativity, help you think more clearly and sharpen your focus, said Carol Kauffman, an assistant clinical professor at Harvard Medical School. cWhen you 9re really engaged in a hobby you love, you lose your ... more. less.