Winston Churchill once said “To be really happy…, one ought to have at least two or three hobbies”. This advice still rings true today; a hobby can challenge you, engage you, and give you something to do that is rewarding. A good hobby can make your life richer – and with some you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your sofa. Here are a few sofa-friendly hobbies to get you started…
1. Crocheting and Knitting
Knitting and crochet have rapidly come back into fashion. They are both inexpensive hobbies to maintain – unless you start to develop an obsessive love for wool; a regular affliction of knitters and crocheters – and you can learn to craft beautiful and practical items for you and your home.
This handicraft of decorating fabrics with carefully thought-out patterns is simple to learn and requires little materials. You can watch your favourite programmes, or enjoy the radio, while your hands are busily stitching away.
Origami is a traditional Japanese paper craft, and involves carefully folding sheets of paper into beautiful paper sculptures. It requires a lot of patience, but once you’ve got the hang of it, you’ll be making and creating your own menagerie of animal sculptures.
It’s said that everyone has at least one book in them. Take the time to craft that novel you’ve been planning for years, write short stories, poetry, or perhaps create a blog or journal of your life and thoughts. Who knows, you could be the next big thing in the world of literature!
5. Learning a Language
Three-quarters of British adults cannot speak another language, and this has earned us the reputation of being ‘language barbarians’. If you’ve always wanted to learn a foreign language, then what’s stopping you from using the wide range of interactive computer software and language programmes? You can even combine it with another hobby on this list – learn how to speak fluent Italian while knitting yourself a new jumper.
Everyone knows chess, but how many of us actually know how to play it properly? Why not make time to learn and play it with your partner, your children, or other members of your family? The fiendish intricacies of the game will soon have you hooked.
7. Learn an Instrument
If you’re like so many of us, there’s probably an abandoned instrument lurking in your cupboard, slowly being covered with layers of dust. Break it out of retirement, scour the internet for proper lessons, and fall in love again with creating music – and all without leaving your front room.
8. Become a Wikipedia Editor
Wikipedia has a notorious reputation for being inaccurate or being full of corrections by juvenile teenagers – so why not help in the fight against that? Many people worldwide rely on the site for information, whether they’re worried about getting the dates right for the Thirty Years War, or panicking about what exactly was the thing that bit them. Sign up to help edit and maintain the articles, or add the expert information you possess. The internet has reams of misinformation – you can help fight to keep it accurate.
Photographs. Mementos. They can build up inside your home, languishing in boxes, becoming dusty and forgotten until you have no idea why you’ve got five American cents wrapped up inside a sweet wrapper. Keep your memories alive by investing time in creating scrapbooks, and ensure that they survive for the next generation.
10. Board Game Nights
If you’re a social animal, then board game nights are the perfect hobby for you. Invite friends round and rediscover the classic games of your childhood – Backgammon, Risk, Monopoly, even good old Operation! They’re just as much fun as when you were a child, and provide a great night of entertainment for you and your friends.