Learning a new skill can help keep your mind active and engaged. It may help spark the birth of new brain cells and more connections between them. Write down what you would like to learn. Maybe you’ve always wanted to learn ballroom dancing or how to play chess? Some items may be short-term and easy, such as learning to use a new app on your smartphone. Other items may be major investments of your time, such as learning a new language or musical instrument.

Learning something new can help keep the connections in your brain working well. It can also help form new pathways in your brain.