There are many advantages to having a diversion in your life. A hobby gives you time to relax which can, in turn, reduce your stress level. A physical one involves exercise that will release endorphins to boost your mood and mental faculties. It can also help you find new skills and uncover hidden talents. If you are considering a career move, participating in a hobby related to a new field can help prepare you and let you know if you're well-suited for that job. It can also give you things to include on your résumé. You may also meet new friends, keep your brain sharp, or make some extra money on the side.