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Get a Hobby – Try Collecting Stamps

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Get a Hobby – Try Collecting Stamps

I have been collecting first day covers since I was about 10 years old. I enjoy it and it provides many opportunities for relaxation as I am sure it does for anyone that has a hobby.
First day covers is a part of stamp collecting. Starting tomorrow through Sunday there will be a stamp show at the Hilton Meadowlands in East Rutherford, NJ. Admission is free and details can be found at www.nojex.org. There will be nationally accredited stamp exhibits, 40 dealers with every type of stamp for sale, representation by a dozen stamp clubs, an important stamp auction, the U.S. Postal Service will hold a Special Dedication Ceremony for the USS Missouri stamp, and also classes, seminars, and free appraisals.

If you have any interest in getting started in stamp collecting or restarting if you’ve once collected, why not stop by?

Studies have proven that people with hobbies have better physical health, lower blood pressure, less stress, sleep better and enjoy greater longevity. Hobbyists also have greater life satisfaction and sense of purpose and meaning with a wider and diverse social network. For those working it has been shown that the creative outlets from a hobby make them better at creative problem-solving at work.

My friend Jim Matthews wrote about his collection of dead countries which not only provides him with unfathomable enjoyment but has given him a great knowledge of countries all over the world – current and past. Also, here is a link to a blog I posted about Warren Buffett’s favorite stamp. This summer Buffett attended the American Philatelic Society’s national stamp show in Omaha, Nebraska reliving his collecting days.

Also, in the depth of the despair and urgency of combatting World War II, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt found relaxation with his stamp collection.

Try it. You might like it!

For additional information on hobbies check out this site www.NYTimes.com/guides.

Photo of FDR courtesy of National Postal Museum Library’s photo collection and a great place to visit when you are in Washington, DC.

Do not hesitate to contact me with any business or financial questions at emendlowitz@withum.com or fill out the form below.

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