It’s hump-day, y’all! Feeling that draaaaging feeling mid-week? Is your wild side only making it until around 9:00pm? Good news. A top trending and very popular nighttime activity includes game night to perk up your evenings in a chill way. And it’s not just an activity for families with kiddos. Game night with couples is making a serious comeback! Even Pinterest has bajillions of printable game ideas ready for you to pin and play. Starbucks has game night. Google “date night ideas” and game night will be on the list. Old school fun in a modern way.
Fun fact: Just as your body needs physical exercise, your brain needs mental workouts every now and then. No quizzes involved in this type of workout, so no pressure. The good news is that the most popular way to keep your memory fresh, your thoughts limber and your wit sharp is to play games! From puzzles to video games, studies have found just by playing games can improve your mental health and wellbeing.
Keeping it #classic with a few game suggestions that you know-and-love for improving brain function. Because beauty is nothing without brains.
Stop laughing. Bingo is da bomb dot com. Yes, bingo had a reputation for being a popular game with people over the age of 50. However, Bingo is making a comeback! Over the last few years Bingo games are everywhere! The game even has an impressive online presence. Playing bingo could help us keep our memory, attention, focus, problem solving and more! Other experts have found that playing Bingo increases mental agility BIG-TIME. How we take in information and how we keep memories alive in our mind is boosted from B-I-N-G-O!
Admit it – you were hooked on Sudoku at some time in your life, right? #Guilty. This popular Japanese numbers game is so well liked that you can find it everywhere! Starting at the back of a daily newspaper… but also in a million other places. Sudoku is all about problem solving but you also need to lay down that logic for this game. The most obvi mental health benefit of playing is that it stimulates the mind and increases our ability to concentrate. And if you think you need to be strong at math to play this game, think again. Although it involves numbers, it’s actually a spatial reasoning sort of puzzle. Plus, the more you play the quicker you’ll become, a skill that can be applied to TONS of other everyday activities.
Saving the most popular for last! No surprise that over the years Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games, otherwise known as MMORPGs, help people (age makes no difference, by the way) deal with problems, such as social anxiety. These social adventure games allow people to engage in social interactions and teamwork in a low-risk environment. Just know that gaming is incredibly beneficial to your mental health and overall happy vibe. Not only are games likely to increase your mind’s agility and flexibility, but they can even keep your brain younger for longer and can help you interact with other people. That’s more than enough reasons for us to enjoy a game night once in a while.
What’s your favorite game to play?