is all about creating focus, and learning new skills certainly has the potential to provide that. If a skill is to be fully acquired, often that requires discipline and some absorption in its subject matter. That creates a sense of purpose. Connecting with a concrete or higher goal is satisfying. Merely being involved in an activity does not produce the benefits of improved mental health. Rather, when that activity has a sense of purpose and achievement, it can produce a form of happiness. Psychologists call this “mastery” – the desire to control our lives and make progress.