I once knew a girl that got into a rut with her life. She was doing the same thing day in and day out and the life began to fall from her face. The more she worried about it the deeper the rut seemed to become. She focused on the misery and soon she found it compound by tenfold. It wasn’t until she realized that she wasn’t learning anything new that she began to see the latter that would help her climb out of the rut. She decided to take a couple online college classes for enjoyment. It wasn’t long until the life returned to her face and she was pleasant again, smiling and helping others obtain the best that life has to offer.

The bottom line is that when we feel good about ourselves, when we learn and grow in things that matter to us we have a special release of endorphins. These brain chemicals are vital to overall motivation and in securing for ourselves happiness in this life.

Those who have hobbies find that they are more satisfied with life and they can actually contribute more to the lives of others by doing so. Sometimes we feel selfish for taking time for ourselves, but when we increase in ability in the things we love, we are actually more able to care for others. In this lies wisdom.

So what is it you love to do, but may have given up for more “practical” things? Drawing? Music? Horseback riding? Have you ever wanted to write a book? Well, now’s as good a time as any to add a little color back into your face by checking for online college classes in your area of interest. I know that horseback riding may be more difficult to learn online, but there are classes that teach such skills for you to then go practice in real life. I assume a volleyball or fly fishing class online would be similar.

Continuing or ongoing education departs typically facilitate such classes and you may not get credit for them, but credit is not the goal when you’re trying to spice up your life or get back in whack.

Another benefit to this kind of class is that you’ll most likely get in touch with others that share your interest. Isn’t it fun to talk with others that like to do what you love to do? You can form some deep friendships through an online class taken for fun. You may even decide later to keep in touch and meet up at a cooking convention, dog grooming meet up or art festival.

So, if you’re looking to increase the enjoyment in your life, try taking a formal online class in a topic of interest. You could even get a group of friends, a spouse or other family member to join with you to bring another dimension to your existing relationship.

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