Stories abound of people taking up hobbies as a means of passing time during COVID lockdown periods, but the benefits of hobbies are far more deep-seated than that last batch of marmalade you preserved or that collection of Lego trucks you just completed. Far from being a whimsy or, indeed, a compulsion, ‘serious leisure’ is when people passionately engage in a meaningful hobby or voluntary activity for the long-term. This could range from coin or stamp collecting, photography, gourmet cooking, food blogging, volunteer fundraising, environmental activism, birdwatching, genealogy, gardening or even visiting museums or art galleries. These activities are engaged in for enjoyment, not monetary gain.

Period04 Sep 2021

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  • Serious leisure
  • well-being
  • Covid-19
  • Knitting
  • Hobbies