Live a Happy Life… Learn Something New

It’s easy to get stuck in a rut and get caught up in the mundane routine of daily life. When you’re busy juggling household chores with family life and work commitments it can be tricky to fit anything else into the equation. But, studies have proved that actively participating in hobbies can improve your mental well being and, ultimately, make you a happier person!

If you have always wanted to learn something new or exciting then remember there is no time like the present. It’s easy to put things off until another time and add them to the list of tasks you will get round to doing ‘one day’. Busy moms often push their own priorities down the list, past the children, the husband – even the dog! They’re often so busy tending to everybody else’s needs that their own happiness gets overlooked.

It’s not selfish to have a bit of time for yourself every now and then – even if it’s just once a month, or whenever you can. Regularly taking some ‘me time’ will help you relax and recharge, ready to face the world (and that pile of ironing) again!

If you’ve always fancied learning a new language, why not sign up for an evening course? If going out is a problem, there are a number of distance-learning courses that you can do online instead. Treat yourself to a nice notebook and a stash of new BIC Pens (you can never have too many pens, after all!).

Discovering a new craft can be hugely rewarding and a great way of passing the time on cold winter evenings. Card making, cross-stitch and stamping are all easy for beginners and you won’t have to shell out too much money on a few basic supplies. Stock up on some essentials like Sharpie Permanent Markers and multi-purpose glue and let the creative juices flow!

Learning something exciting will be more fun with company – get the kids involved in a family craft session. It can be a great way to bond and enjoy some quality time together. Give them a pile of colored paper, some Crayola paint brushes and glitter glue and let their imaginations run wild!

If you prefer something a little more practical, why not learn some DIY skills? It’s always useful to know how to put up a shelf or fix things around the house – it’s frustrating waiting for someone else to do it, so imagine the satisfaction of learning how to do it yourself! Arm yourself with a Helping Hand 6-in1 Screwdriver and a tape measure to get you started, and who knows where it could end?

A cookery class can be great fun and lead to delicious results! Try something new by learning how to cook Thai or Italian food – or perhaps learn some low-fat recipes if you’re on a health kick for 2013. A store cupboard essential like olive oil is a great staple to have on stand-by for all types of cooking.

Have fun learning!




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