I Some adjectives describing free time and leisure pursuits
fruitful - producing good results; (possible examples: cooperating with sb in an activity)
- It was a most fruitful discussion, with both sides agreeing to adopt a common policy.
lucrative - producing a lot of money; (selling your own arts or crafts, writing computer games,..)
- Painting has been a lucrative pursuit for her.She often sells her paintings online.
rewarding - giving a lot of positive experience and satisfaction; (doing voluntary work, helping charities)
- Textbook writing can be an intellectually and financially rewarding activity.
relaxing/calming - reducing stress, giving a peaceful feeling; (listening to music, reading)
- I find swimming so relaxing.
therapeutic - making you healthy in body and/or mind; (gardening, meditation, yoga)
- Fishing is such a therapeutic activity. It makes me feel good, and teaches me patience.
time-consuming - taking a lot of time to do; (being a member of a committee, being president of a club)
- I enjoyed being a secretary of the sports club but it was very time-consuming. I had to give up two evenings a week to do it.
II Some informal words describing the way people spend their leisure
couch potato - a person who watches a lot of television and does not have an active style of life;
- I'm a bit of a couch potato. I spend hours every day just watching TV.
culture vulture - someone who is very interested in anything cultural;
- David's a real culture vulture; he goes to every theatre and art gallery he can find.
dabbler - a person who never keeps doing one activity for long;
- Jane's a bit of a dabbler: she does a pastime for a couple of weeks, then she gets bored and starts something different.
shopaholic - someone addicted to shopping;
- Dina's a shopaholic. She buys all sorts of things she doesn't need.
alcoholic - a person who is unable to give up the habit of drinking alcohol very often and in large amounts;
doer - someone who gets actively involved in something, rather than just thinking or talking about it;
- There are too many thinkers and not enough doers in this office.
III Expressions and collocations connected with involvement in activities
be heavily into sth - informal: to be very interested in and involved with something;
- When I was younger I was heavily into politics.
- I went off football and I started playing tennis instead.
get up to - do something, often something that other people would disapprove of;
- I wonder what those two got up to yesterday?
lock yourself away - isolate yourself from the world;
- She locks herself away for hours in front of the computer.
hooked on sth - addicted to sth;
- She's totally hooked on playing games these days.
full diary - a lot of commitments/activities;
- Are you busy this week? Yes, I have a pretty full diary.
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