Five health benefits of word searches

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It turns out there’s more to doing word searches than just scoring bragging rights when you’re able to find the words in record time – and that pat on the back you like to give yourself – although that is a bonus! Apart from the fact that word searches are a portable and inexpensive way to have fun and keep busy, it also has awesome health benefits. Read on!


Relax, take it easy

We all know how hard it is to juggle work and play, but taking a few minutes out of your busy schedule to destress with a good puzzle or word search gives you an added incentive to set aside 15 minutes in a day. And it just so happens to be the best of both worlds – allowing you to unwind while stimulating brain development.


Improve the mood you’re in

Because what’s better than finding a tricky word in a sea of letters, beating your personal record – or encouraging some healthy competition with a friend or loved one? Sitting down to tackle a word search and that feeling that comes with successfully finding a word has some seriously good effects on your mood. It stimulates the brains ‘reward molecule’, making you feel motivated and happy. Who doesn’t want a quick win while dealing with the challenges of everyday life? Score!


Dementia for who?

Keep your brain active to boost your memory and brain development. Experts say this can help you prevent and delay the onset of neurological disorders like dementia and Alzheimer’s. Bring on the brain food – and brain teasers!


Social media cleanse

By now you’ve read an article or two about the effects of social media on your life and health, so take a moment to unplug and enjoy some of the simple pleasures in life. It seems so much easier to whip out your phone and get scrolling, but avoid that loud alerts and pull out a word search instead. You’ll learn a thing or two – without needing data. 


Word power

While boosting your brain, problem-solving skills and your spelling, doing word searches helps further improve language learning. It’s a great way for people of all learning abilities to learn words, increase vocabulary and make you feel smarter. And who doesn’t want that?

Enjoy word search fun for the whole family with DRUM Word Search. It’s available in stores now – and conveniently located online at shop@drum.co.za.