activities-01Research shows that the environment around us and the hobbies we participate in have a direct effect on our brains. In Donald Hebb’s rat experiment, he treated some of his rats like pets, giving them large cages, lots of toys, and letting them engage with other animals. These rats, compared to the rats he just kept in regular small cages, exemplified more positive behavior. Unlike those little lab rats, you’re responsible for enriching your own environment, and the possibilities are endless!

To get you started, we’ve put together a list of hobbies and activities that you can incorporate into your own life. Trying out new hobbies helps fulfill several of the Brain Commandments...plus gives your brain an added dose of creativity. So take one – or many – for a spin today!

Double click on one of the brain commandment categories to see which activities and hobbies you can choose from to kickstart your journey into building a stronger, healthier brain for life.

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Acrylic Painting

Acting

Amateur Astronomy

Amateur Radio

Animal Rescue

Antiquing

Applique

Archery

Art Collecting

Art from Scavenged Materials

Backpacking

Badminton

Baking

Ballet

Ballroom Dancing

Baseball

Basket Weaving

Basketball

Badminton

Beachcombing

Beading

Beer Brewing

Belly Dancing

Billiards

Bird Calls

Bird Watching

Blogging

Board Games

Board Sports

Boating

Body Building

  
Bonsai  

Bowling

Bridge

Building a Habitat for Humanity House

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Butterfly Watching

Cake Making

Calligraphy

Camping

Candle Making

Canoe Building

   

Canoeing

Card Games

Card Tricks

Carpentry  

Cartooning

Ceramics/Pottery

Cheerleading

Chess

Civil War Reenactment

Coin Collecting

Composing Music

Computer Programming

Cooking

Creative Writing

Cricket

Crocheting

Cross-Stitch

Crosswords

Curling

Cycling

   

Darts

Decoupage

Dog Breeding

  
Doll Collecting

Dominoes

Drawing

Drumming

Embroidery

Etch-A-Sketch

Fantasy Football

Felting

Fencing

Figure Skating

Fishing

Floral Arranging

Fly Fishing

Flying

  
Freshwater Aquariums

Gaming

Genealogy

Golf

Grow Orchids

Guitar

Gymnastics

Hand Quilting

Harmonica Playing

Herb Gardening

Hiking

Hip Hop Dancing

Home Canning and Jarring

Horseback Riding

Hot Air Ballooning

House Remodeling

Hula Hoops

Hunting

Ice Hockey

Ice Sculpting

Impersonations

Improvisation

Insect Collecting

Jazz Dancing

Jazz Music Listening

Jewelry Making

Jigsaw Puzzles

Jogging

Join Community Sports Team

Journaling

Judo

Juggling

Jump Roping

Karaoke

Karate

Kayaking

Kitchen Chemistry

Knitting

Knotting

Lacrosse

Lapidary

Leaf Collection and Pressing

Learn About Local Flora and Fauna

Learn a New Language

Learn Magic Tricks

Learn Sign Language

Learn to Pilot a Plane

Leather Working

Legos

Line Dancing

Machine Quilting

Macramé

Make and Fly Paper Kites

Marksmanship

Model Building

Model Railroad Trains

Mountain Biking

Movie Making

Needlepoint

Obstacle Course

Oil Painting

Organic Gardening

Origami

Panning for Gold and Gems

Paper Mache

Paper Quilting

Papermaking

Perennial Gardening

Petal Collecting and Pressing

Photography

Piano Playing

Ping Pong

Play an Instrument

Play Writing

Pogo Sticking

Poetry Writing

Puppetry

Quilling

Racquetball

Radio-Controlled Cars and Airplanes

Rafting

Rapping

Reading

Rice Sculpting

Robotics

Rock Climbing

Rocketry

Rowing

Rubber Stamping

Running

Sailing

Saltwater Aquariums

Sandcastle Building

Scrapbooking

Scuba Diving

Seashell Collecting

Singing

Skeet Shooting

  
Sketching

Skiing

Sky Diving

Snorkeling

  
Soap Making

Spelunking

Spending Time with Family and Friends

Stained Glass Making

Stamp Collecting

Stamping

Star Gazing

Sudoku

Surfing

  
Swimming

Swing Dancing

Tae Kwan Do

  
Tai Chi

Tap Dancing

Tatting

Tennis

  

Tie Dying

Tying Fish Flies

Tombstone Rubbing

Trains

Travel

Ultimate Frisbee

Unicycle

Urban Exploration

Vegetable Gardening

Vehicle Restoration

Ventriloquism

Volleyball

Volunteering

Walking

Water Polo

Weightlifting

Whittling

Wind Surfing

  
Winemaking

Wood Burning

Woodworking

World War II Reenactment

Wrestling

Yoga

Zip Lining

  
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