If gardening sounds like something you should wait to do in your retirement years, think again. Aside from being peaceful, a great stress-reliever and a form of physical activity, gardening is excellent for creativity

Instead of work, think of it as play for grown-ups. It’s a socially acceptable and age-appropriate excuse to play with dirt, tools and ideas. And anyone can do it. Start by spending half an hour pulling weeds and work your way up to growing your own vegetables. Don’t have a yard? Install a window box and plant herbs or visit a community garden. 

Gardening is the creativity gift that keeps on giving, too. Once you get growing, you can use the literal fruits of your labor for other creative endeavors, such as photography, printmaking and, of course, cooking!