“Get a hobby” may sound like a dis, but it doesn’t have to be. Some hobbies may initially feel like a waste of time when there are so many other responsibilities in our day-to-day lives, but there are several noteworthy reasons to take one up. Research shows hobbies can improve cognitive function and extend life expectancy. One study even found that creative hobbies can positively impact employees’ performance in the workplace. Hobbies allow us to take a break, but feel like we’re doing something productive in our downtime. They can be social or meditative. They can be challenging, teach new skills, and inspire patience. Interested in learning more about the benefits of hobbies? Check out the infographic below for more detail, plus several trending creative hobbies for you to pick up this year like bullet journaling, brush lettering, and macramé.