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H is for hobbies: Relationship A-Z

Today is life – the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto – Dale Carnegie.

The definition of a hobby is ‘an activity or interest pursued for pleasure or relaxation and not as a main occupation’ (www.dictionary.com). Therefore, a hobby could be almost anything that you enjoy on a regular basis. 

While it is good to have your own interests and hobbies, I also think that it is important to have some shared hobbies with your partner. After all, you need to spend time together if you are in a relationship and you do not just want to be sitting in silence or talking about bills or the kids. 

I and Darren are very different when it comes to our individual hobbies. Darren enjoys sports and I love reading, writing and crafting. However, we still have shared hobbies too. We are both huge dog lovers so we enjoy taking the boys to the local dog park, long walks in the parks or along the sea-front and taking the boys to local dog shows. 

We also have a few TV shows which we always watch together and we also both enjoy playing board games when people come over for games evenings. 


If you do not already have a shared hobby with your partner, why not start one now. There are so many things which you could have fun doing together, here is a list to give you some inspiration if you are stuck for ideas.

  • Restoring old furniture/shabby chic. 
  • Exercising together/gym.
  • Sports – playing/supporting.
  • Dog walking/events.
  • Shared TV programmes.
  • Films or theatre.
  • Board games/computer games.
  • Cooking together.
  • Learning a new skill together (language, first aid, car maintenance, etc.).
  • Supporting a charity/volunteering.
  • Dance classes.
  • Camping/festivals.
  • Geocaching
  • Painting/crafts
  • Photography.

I hope that I have given you some ideas to get you started if you do not yet have any shared hobbies with your partner. Have I missed any that you do with your partner? 

Find three hobbies you love. One to make you money, one to keep you in shape and one to be creative – Unknown.

A couple looking at the sea in each others arms and heart shaped red and pink balloons
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This post is part of the blog series – The A-Z of a healthy and happy relationship.

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