Only 3% of our lives are spent doing things we enjoy

Jamie Sharp

Writer & Blogger

People are being urged to prioritise their mental health and wellbeing after new research revealed that a third of people spend just 42 minutes per day doing something they enjoy – which works out at just 3% of their daily lives. (HR News, 2019) This could be due to the fact the average commute time is steadily increasing, leaving employees will less time to fulfil their hobbies and personal interests.

Engaging with a hobby can be a great way to unwind and reduce stress and anxiety, consequentially enriching life. City Lit has created a personality test which can determine which hobbies you might enjoy perusing. The tool suggests activities and courses based on five key personality traits:

  • Openness: Being excited by discoveries, experiences and adventures.
  • Conscientiousness: Enjoying routine, being prepared, exact and organised.
  • Extraversion: Being outgoing, sociable, confident and bold.
  • Agreeableness: Being empathetic, caring and understanding of others.
  • Neuroticism: Often feeling stressed, irritated and anxious.


The goal of the new tool is to encourage people to try a new learning experience based on their personality type, which could then lead to them taking up a new hobby. Three of the most popular courses are; jewellery making, piano taster and beginner Chinese. “We’re urging people to make a special effort to carve some time out for themselves because it can do wonders for your health and wellbeing. We hope the test will encourage people to expand their knowledge and skillset while finding genuine enjoyment and fulfilment in experiencing something new.” (City Lit, 2019)


Take the test for yourself here:


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