There have been a lot of studies done on the value of "third spaces" — places that aren't home and aren't work where one can go and essentially feel at ease. They're valued for building a sense of community, a sense of self, and for encouraging creativity and the free exchange of ideas.
For those of us that work at home, the third space is really a second space, which I would argue makes them all the more important. We talk a lot about making our places multitask here on Apartment Therapy, which can be essential with limited square footage, but there is also something to be said for finding a third space.
Be it attending classes at a yoga studio instead of practicing in a cramped living room, trading a balcony container garden for a community plot, or just taking your home office to the local coffee shop, finding a third place will give you a welcome change in scenery, a chance to socialize, and help you become more involved in your community.
The concept of a "third space", or "third place", was introduced by Ray Oldenburg in his book The Great Good Place
. To learn more about the concept, check out the book, or Wikipedia article on Third Places