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Expand Your Culinary Repertoire

Building neural connections may be as simple as challenging yourself to try something new. And while learning a new language, playing an instrument or attending a lecture fits the bill, those things take time and commitment. "We're all busy, but find ways to do things that make you think," Wolk says. One option to get your brain firing: cooking new recipes. Find creative, new-to-you ideas via cookbooks, blogs, magazines or Pinterest.