Studies suggest that the brain may benefit from trying new activities, learning new skills and generally going outside of your routine.
Did you know that discovering new things is one of the ways you can help keep your brain healthy? A 2014 study from the University of Edinburgh and the University of Texas tells us that trying new things, like quilting, or learning a new piece of software, game or a new language can strengthen our brains.
In an interview with AARP, Harvard Brain Scientist Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor reiterates these findings by stating that it’s probably in our brains best interest for us to veer off our regular path and break the mold every once in a while: “As we get older, we routinize our self so we have this lovely little routine that fits in a box. So what you’re saying to your brain is ‘it’s okay, you only have to be the size of the box.’ But that’s not what we want. We want new—new [and] unfamiliar. And that’s what you want to do, you want to keep your brain cells excited.”
That’s why here at Staying Sharp we try and provide a wide variety of fun and engaging brain games, memory training and other content to get you thinking about brain health in new ways and trying new things every single day. From our fun and creative activities, to our articles, recipes, videos and of course our brain games there’s a million ways for you to explore. So join or sign into AARP and dive in to new experiences on Staying Sharp today—your brain may just thank you for it.