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.

1. Boost your vocabulary

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.

2. Puzzles are great for improving your spelling and logic skills

Particularly for children but for adults as well, crosswords and codewords force you to get the spelling right. If it isn’t, the word won’t fit into the squares or won’t let the connecting words make sense.

3. Playing puzzles help 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.

4. Help kids learn with games-based learning

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 class of Year 9 boys that “Today we are going to complete an exercise, turn to page 23 in your textbook,  you expect to get a certain response.  Usually a negative one.  However, if you say “Today we are going to play a game

5. Uses different forms of thinking for different types of puzzle

There are different types 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.  Sudoku require you to use your logical thinking skills to place the numbers correctly in the puzzle grid.  General knowledge crosswords use trivia quiz-style clues which will either require you to mentally search your existing generally knowledge to try and recall the answer, or failing that, to think laterally about the potential sources where you might find it, and then go and track it down.  The difference between a general knowledge crossword and a trivia quiz, the squares you have filled in give you more clues along the way

6. Puzzles for good brain health

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.  

7. Solving puzzles improves perfomance at work

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.

8. Solving puzzles give you a successful experience

Doesn’t it feel fantastic when you complete a puzzle or trivia quiz? 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. 

9. Puzzles are portable

Puzzles 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.

10. 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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5 Responses on Discover the Benefits of Solving Puzzles
  1. mangastream - May 2, 2014 at 6:42 am

    Very cool article


  2. gameiva - May 25, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    Playing puzzle games and iq games help a lot to children to develop their creative thinking abilities…for ex.puzzle game for kids this game will be a very good platform to test iq and play amazing puzzles.


  3. Anand - July 29, 2015 at 6:35 am

    It’s a very true article.
    Puzzles games are very good for children as well as adults . It increases catching power, sharps the brain.
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  4. kyle johnson - May 12, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    Reading this article has taught me a lot about the benefits of solving puzzles. It was interesting to learn that puzzles can help you to keep your brain active and healthy. I can imagine how helpful these services can be when it comes to improving the way one approaches certain situations.


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