A study published in the June issue of the Journal of Aging and Health found that creativity leads to longer life. Researchers determined that so-called “openness,” which measures a person’s cognitive flexibility and willingness to embrace new ideas, can reduce stress and keep the brain healthy. They noted it was not intelligence per se that reduced the risk of dying, but rather creativity itself. So if you are interested in maximizing your retirement readiness, get creative! If you enjoy art, don’t stop at just visiting museums; create your own art—paint, sculpt, draw. If you enjoy reading, write your own stuff—poems, a short story, a blog. If you enjoy music, don’t stop with just playing written music on an instrument; learn to play by ear, learn to improvise!