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According to Peter Lichtenberg, Ph.D., director of the Institute of Gerontology at Wayne State University, people who have a hobby are generally healthier. Because hobbies can engage you physically and mentally, you are at a lower risk for depression and dementia. The importance of hobbies are: it’s a way for people to stay engaged with other people with same interests, provides physical benefit, help by reducing stress and providing a sense of accomplishment.
If you’re just starting a hobby, here are a few suggestions:

• bird watching
• scrapbooking
• coin collecting (ancient and us coins)
• stamp collecting
• genealogy
• photography
• calligraphy
• gardening
• embroidery
• song writing
• sculpting
• ceramics
• writing poetry
• acting
• woodworking

Remember this, your hobby could be your prescription for a healthier, more satisfying life.

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