Maybe you paint, keep a journal or knit. Or maybe you play bass in a punk rock band.
Whatever hobby you have, keep at it. A little study published this week suggests that having a creative outlet outside the office might help people perform better at work.
Psychologists from San Francisco State University found that the more people engaged in their hobbies, the more likely they were to come up with creative solutions to problems on the job. And no matter what the hobby was, these people were also more likely to go out of their way to help co-workers.
The findings were published Wednesday in the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology.
“We found that in general, the more you engage in creative activities, the better you’ll do,” says Kevin Eschleman, an assistant professor of psychology at San Francisco State and the study’s lead author.
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