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Doing things that tap into our artistic side can lengthen our life… And that includes writing, scrapbooking, doodling, and taking pictures. University of Rochester researchers say one of the things people who live the longest have in common is taking opportunities to be creative. Human development professor, Dr. Nicholas Turiano, says creativity uses a variety of neural pathways in the brain – which is why it keeps us sharp. On top of that, creative people are also better at handling stress, because they have an outlet for it. Being creative is a great way to sidestep our stressors and re-channel our energy.