Advertisement I like that once you have a decent sized collection, even if it is small by 'serious' hobbyist standards, there is always something going on in the tarantula room. Even if none of the tarantulas NEED anything or there's nothing that needs to be done, there's always something fun to see when you take a look. Personally, I have trouble really being able to relax after a stressful day at work. Working with the tarantulas is the perfect level of interaction while still being able to give myself downtime... I just crack a beer, put some music on, and spend a couple hours enjoying myself without trying. It's one of the few activities where I really get to give myself a break from the day to day stress and trouble of regular ole life. Outside of time spent actively engaging in the hobby, keeping tarantulas is my favorite way to limit my conversations with people I don't particularly enjoy. It really is an easy way to weed out the boring/fussy folks at parties or gatherings. And once I've hit my limit on socialization, well, back to the office I go for some much-needed 'therapy'. Ha! This is going to sound sappy, but most of all, the best thing about keeping tarantulas is how it has changed the way I interact with the world around me. I was never a spider killer, so to speak, but I did carry the typical anxiety surrounding loxosceles and latrodectus... not anymore! Keeping tarantulas was the catalyst that reignited my love for invertebrates of all kinds, and I am just so much happier, in general, without the misinformation-based fear surrounding so many of these awesome animals.