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Growing scientific research supports the idea that hobbies are good for your mental health. Leading the way in this research is the Global Council on Brain Health, a panel of scientists brought together by AARP and the British organization, Age UK. This council uses brain science to make practical recommendations about mental health, and they suggest that individuals:
- Find new ways to stimulate the brain and challenge the way they think.
- Choose activities that involve both mental engagement and physical exercise.
- Seek out mentally stimulating activities that incorporate social engagement and greater purpose, such as volunteering or mentoring.