Scientific inquiry has repeatedly shown that playing a musical instrument is healthy for both your brain and your emotions, but it can be intensely frustrating to learn on your own. Sometimes, what's really needed is a relatively simple instrument and a supportive environment to learn in.
So, today, why not find both?
The Boise Ukulele Group meets the second and fourth Mondays of every month, and anyone who stops by is welcome to join, jam and learn.
For anybody worried that the ukulele might be too savage a beast to tame, Earl Mullins, founder of the group, can put your mind at ease.
"Our official mottos is four strings, four fingers, no problem," says Mullins.