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The Best Thing I Did for My Brain in 2020 - Engage

Feeding your curiosity, learning new things and exposing yourself to new situations: Studies show that an attitude of growth can have a positive impact on brain health.

 

In 2020, many of us were able to start a new hobby. What new skills did you gain? Did you learn a new language or musical instrument? Did you channel your inner artist and take up a new craft? In what ways did you feed your curiosity in 2020?

 

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I started doin' all kinds of craft nonsense with acrylic paints in mid- to late-2020. They're cheap, anyway. The paints, I mean. So there's that.

 

Here's a piece I completed that I'm particular proud of:

 

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I call it, "All Those Paints An' Junk I Bought, All In One Big Plastic Tote And Maybe Someday I'll Do Something Creative With Them...Descending A Staircase."  Sure.

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I love hobbies of any kind, especially if I can make something to give to someone.  I'm especially fond of etching designs or patterns on a mirror with a versa-a-tool.  Hobby stores have many stencil patterns.  My girlfriend completes 3,000 piece jigsaw puzzles she uses as gifts.

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I'm big into crafting gifts as well @MartinG898663. What a cool idea to etch designs onto mirrors! In shop class, we etched mirrors using a sandblaster. It was fun, but a versa tool sounds like it's much more user-friendly and smaller! How does your girlfriend gift a completed 3k piece puzzle?

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Unbelievable ~ I have that exact same painting!  I'm having a hard time finding a frame for it.  Any suggestions?  😏

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Haw! Yes, finding just the right frame has been a problem for me, too!

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🤣🤣🤣 a truly one-of-a-kind piece!

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What's a cool thing you've learned?

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I have spent much more time on the guitar, even applying some music theory to it which I had not really done in the past 50 years of playing. My technique and skill has improved remarkably.