Creative acts can grow new neural connections, reduce depression and isolation, enhance cognitive skills, and increase emotional fulfillment.
There are many well-known creative activities one can engage in, such as learning a new language, playing a musical instrument, writing a short story, painting a picture, diagnosing a car’s engine problem, or composing a poem, among many others.
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The purpose of creative activities for brain health is not to produce a sellable or even a laudable product. These activities creates new neural connections that can preserve your cognitive ability or at least slow down its deterioration.
Also, just as muscle strength takes time to develop after years of idleness, so does improved memory and better reasoning abilities.
... use combinatory play to give your brain a boost:
The key to resilient aging is improving neurogenesis, the birth of new neurons.
This activity occurs in the hippocampus, the part of the brain that lays down memories. And we respond to and store new experiences every day, and cement them during sleep. The more we can experience new activities, people, places, and emotions, the more likely we are to encourage neurogenesis.
Books, courses and other traditional forms of learning are effective but they lack the interaction and customization that you can get speaking with a skilled person at length.
A live interaction gives you the ability to learn and build a relationship at the same time.