There’s certainly been a time in my life where I’ve had to take a step back and ask myself, how many hobbies should I really have?
The fact of the matter is that you can have as many hobbies as you like. However, there are going to be some pros and cons of doing so.
Let’s further talk about this topic, because there’s a lot that you can learn.
Is It Okay To Have Multiple Hobbies?
So not only is it okay to have multiple hobbies, but I also highly recommend doing so.
After all, hobbies are a very important part of life. I believe that so much that I decided to create this blog based on hobbies, sports, and various fun activities.
Here are a few of the best benefits when it comes to having multiple hobbies:
- You’ll never be bored (seriously).
- It’s easier to connect with more like-minded people.
- It also allows you to make many friends in the process.
- Having multiple hobbies makes you a well-rounded person.
- Don’t forget about being much more adventurous (the try anything once type).
These are only a few of the benefits when it comes to having quite a few hobbies, and I say these from personal experience.
Just think about all of the hobbies, sports, or activities that you’ve partaken in (or plan on doing).
The experience of hobbies tends to become amplified when you do them with friends, family, and other like-minded individuals.
Think about many of the great experiences that you’ve probably had when it comes to watching movies with others. And yes, I do believe that watching movies can be considered a hobby.
Related: Watching Movies As Your Hobby.
Another example of a hobby that becomes better with others is playing the guitar. Ever noticed the difference between playing solo guitar, and adding either a singer or another guitarist?
So from my point of view, it’s pretty easy to see that there are a lot of big benefits when it comes to having multiple hobbies. Let’s flip the script and take a look at why it might not as beneficial.
Are Too Many Hobbies Bad?
There are pros and cons to everything in life, especially when it comes to having too many hobbies. With that being said, here are a few reasons why having too many hobbies could be bad:
- Time management.
- It can certainly cost more (depending on the hobbies).
- It’s harder to get really good at just one or two hobbies.
Also, having too many hobbies can always lead to the “too much play and no work” scenario. The last thing that you want to do is become a couch potato when it comes to hobbies.
Hobbies are a fun activity to do in your free time, and I personally like enjoying my hobbies after I’ve put in some hard work for the day.
Lastly, I would like to highlight the fact that it’s harder to get really good at any specific hobby when you’re enjoying quite a lot of them. This simply comes to focus.
- Imagine a person who practices playing only the drums for a year.
- Compare that person who practices 5 different hobbies all throughout the year.
The person who practices just the drums is (most likely) going to become a much great drummer, due to their laser-sharp dedication and focus. This isn’t always a big deal though, as you can do your hobbies to simply enjoy the moment.
What Are 3-5 Hobbies That You Need (Or Should Have)?
There are many quotes and mottos out there about hobbies. Some say that if you find your best three hobbies, then you will be set for life. Some say to do more of whatever makes you happy.
However, there is one quote that I particularly like when it comes to hobbies and revolves around finding three hobbies for yourself.
Here are the three hobbies that you should have in your life (in my opinion):
- One hobby that can make you money.
- One hobby that will keep you in shape.
- And one hobby that will keep you creative.
Talk about three more great benefits when it comes to having hobbies, right? The great part about these three types of hobbies is that you can also mix and match them.
In fact, you could pick one hobby, get really good at it, and it can make you money, keep you in shape, and definitely allow you to flex that creative muscle.
An example of that would be going to the gym, which I talk about in the article below.
Related Reading: Is Going To The Gym Considered a Hobby?
You might be curious about how hobbies can make you money, so allow me to assist you with that next since I’ve gotten pretty good at it over the years.
What Hobbies Can Make Money?
The fact of the matter is that you can make money from just about any hobby nowadays, seriously. The internet itself has brought a ton of opportunities for everyone.
If you don’t believe me, take a quick search on YouTube for one of your favorite hobbies. It won’t take very long to find plenty of videos, tutorials, and reviews based on what you’re interested in.
So for starters, YouTube is one of the best ways that you can make money from your passion or hobby. People monetize YouTube either through advertisements, deals with others, and even list-building (that revolves around email marketing).
Here’s a very quick list of hobbies that you can make money from:
- Gardening (this is certainly grown in popularity).
- Cooking (there are TONS of mommy blogs out there).
- Guitarring, drumming, and playing any other musical instrument.
- Watching TV shows and movies (people review and react to them all of the time).
- Playing with and reviewing toys (there’s a kid that makes millions of dollars every year).
Note: The video above talks about the 6 year-old who made $11 million reviewing toys.
As I said, it’s a very quick list. The fact of the matter is that regardless of what hobby it is that you’re interested in, you can most likely make money from it (which is a great thing)!
So How Many Hobbies Should You Have? Closing Words
At the end of the day, I would recommend having as many hobbies that make you happy. After all, a hobby is something that you do for pleasure in your spare time.
There aren’t too many downfalls when it comes to having a wide variety of hobbies either. The one biggest disadvantage of having many hobbies is the fact that you might not get really good at some of them.
Here’s the example one more time; who do you think is going to excel in their specific scenario:
- A person who only practices guitar for many years straight.
- A person who takes part in a wide variety of hobbies over many years.
It’s easy to see that the guitarist is going to get much better in the process because of focus. However, on the other hand, you might not want to reach ‘pro-level status’ when it comes to many hobbies.
That’s why there are plenty of hobbies that you can simply enjoy, as opposed to getting better at. I’ve written about quite a few of them, and they include:
- Watching anime as your hobby.
- Watching sports as your hobby.
- Watching Netflix as your hobby.
- Watching cartoons as your hobby.
- Watching YouTube as your hobby.
You don’t exactly need to be a professional to partake in any of those simple yet relaxing hobbies. At the end of the day, enjoy your hobbies and keep doing what you love the most.