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Digital Subscriptions > Healthy Magazine > October/November 2017 > UPGRADE YOUR DOWNTIME


Hobbies shouldn’t be an afterthought to add to your CV – they’re a life-enriching, happiness-harnessing necessity

Life skills


As kids, our calendars are jammed with activities that help us to learn new skills, socialise with friends, and leave with a sense of achievement.

Then in adulthood, we leave that behind and put all our focus on work. Big mistake.

Engaging in hobbies (defined as ‘self-selected, self-rewarding pursuits that take place during non-work hours’) is associated with a better mood; increased wellbeing and life satisfaction; less negative or depressed mood; reduced stress and a better ability to cope with it; and improved cardiovascular health, according to one US study. It’s time to unlock the potential of your leisure time.

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Eat yourself healthier this autumn with our special Food Issue! Inside, you’ll find delicious recipes to help you fight off colds, beat the bloat and get glowing skin. We reveal the results of our food survey – including what you really think about the trend for clean eating – and launch our #snackhappy campaign. Plus, how to recharge your sex drive, cut your breast cancer risk and the truth about feeling low in winter. Find out more in the brand new issue of Healthy!