Discover the Benefits of Solving Puzzles

Playing and solving puzzles on a regular basis has many benefits. There are so many positives about playing these games. They boost our general knowledge, increase our vocabulary and improve our logic skills.

Crosswords and codewords are great for improving your vocabulary and spelling

Whether you are learning a new language or trying to improve your own, crosswords and codewords are a great source of new words. The clues tell you much about how the word is to be used, too. One of the huge advantages of solving crosswords and codewords, it forces you to get the spelling right. If it isn’t correct , you have to think about it until it is, because the word won’t fit into the squares or won’t let the connecting words make sense, and you can’t successfully complete the puzzle.

Playing puzzles helps your problem solving skills

There are many problems that we are just unable to solve, however, a puzzle does not have to be one of them.  It is a great feeling when you realise you have cracked the first word in a codeword, filled all the squares of a crossword, or all the numbers of the Sudoku have fallen into place.  As fomer US President Abraham Lincoln once said, “Nothing valuable can be lost by taking time…”, and perseverance is often the key to puzzling success.  Puzzles definitely have a place in the classroom.  I remember years ago attended a teachers’ conference.  At one of the sessions, the facilitator (who was a teacher at an all-boys school), said “Boys love quizzes…”  Think of it as reverse psychology.  If you say to your English class of Year 9 boys that “Today we are going to complete an exercise, turn to page 23 in your textbook…” expect to get a certain response, which I can pretty much guarantee will be a general lack of enthusiasm. However, if you say “Today we are going to play a vocabulary game on our iPads, they will see things in a completely different light. Once you introduce them to codewords, they will (potentially) be hooked, and you will have the satisfaction of knowing they are learning something. They may even want to continue their puzzling pursuits after class!

Change your thinking for different types of puzzles

There is a huge variety of puzzles, and they each require you to think differently. A standard crossword makes you think of a word, based on its definition, and how it is spelt.  Codewords require you to use your logical thinking skills to decipher the words based on numerical patterns correctly in the puzzle grid.

Puzzling improves work performance

A brain that is active and stimulated by puzzles is a brain that will function well at work. The better your brain works in one area the more likely it is to spill over into different areas of your life. Your thinking will be more clear and much faster than it was. Focusing your attention on a puzzle can help you to keep anxiety at bay or at least to take the edge off it. Concentrating on fact and data will help keep your emotional side under control.  Doing puzzles on a regular basis is known to have an effect on warding off Alzheimer’s and dementia. An active brain is much healthier and less likely to be affected by the disease.  Play your favourite puzzles and keep the threat at bay.  You can choose to play them on your own, or you may wish to solve them with a group of friends or form a club, perhaps even on Zoom.  

Solving puzzles give you a feeling of satisfaction

Doesn’t it feel fantastic when you complete a puzzle? It gives me a good feeling for the whole day. I am ready to challenge myself again in the next one. Puzzlers who can see that they are getting better with each attempt will be more likely to keep at it until they complete the whole puzzle.  They are extremely portable, especially in the digital age, in which we now live.  All you need to do is pack your iPad or laptop and you have a wealth of puzzles to solve at your fingertips, wherever you are.

Puzzles are just pure fun!

What else do we need to say? There are so many benefits that puzzling provides to people of all ages.  However, you don’t have look far for a good reason to solve a puzzle.  The main reason we do them is that they are just a lot of fun!

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