5 benefits of puzzle-solving for adults

By YOU Digital
13 December 2018
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It turns out doing crossword puzzles is way more beneficial than you think – you’ll be pleasantly surprised

Adults are becoming more and more interested in doing puzzles and brainteasers, which actually are more than just a way to unwind or pass the time. Here are some of the benefits:

Mood booster

There’s nothing better than finding that word in a maze or choosing the perfect word or number while doing a crossword puzzle. That’s because your brain releases dopamine, a neurotransmitter that causes you to feel happiness and pleasure. Much like when you eat chocolate but puzzles are just way better and healthier for you.

Stress reliever

While puzzles can be challenging, it’s also a rewarding process that helps improve your self-confidence while you take a step back from the hustle and bustle of everyday living. Research shows doing a crossword is more relaxing than watching TV or shopping. Try it!

Lower your risk of dementia

The benefits of keeping your brain active with stimulating activities are numerous. It supports your memory and helps to delay and prevent neurological disorders like dementia and Alzheimer’s. Doing puzzles also supports the growth of new nerve cells and raises your IQ. Here’s to protecting and feeding your brain!

Improved problem solving

The mental activity will encourage you to find better words and ways to solve the problems presented in the form of puzzles or Sudoku. The different approaches, change in perspectives and process of trial and error all helps you – which is inevitably transferred to your work life. Think about all those new words and improved number skills!

Bonding/social time

While you may choose to do the puzzles on your own, it can also be great family time or fun with friends and colleagues. Working as a team has been proven to improve thinking speed and collaborating skills. Relationships are improved as you solve problems together and cooperate to achieve a goal and complete the brain teaser. Winning!

Keep your brain sharp, happy and healthy with the YOU Blockbusters magazine – it’s packed with crossword puzzles, Sudoku and codebreakers galore. Get yours in stores now, email shop@you.co.za for a copy or call 021-406-4962 CHECK.

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