Kids – whether born in 2020 or 1920 – learn through play. Games are how we feed our imaginations and engage in social interaction. But this doesn’t have to stop as we grow up! In fact, the older we get, the more important it is to keep our imaginations alive by participating in fun games.
Of course, you don’t have to prance around in a costume (unless you want to!) to relive your childhood. Something as simple as playing a board game with your friends or family every Tuesday night can revitalize your mind and spirit.
Allow us to list down all the amazing benefits of making games a part of your life regardless of your age.
Board Games Can Make You Smarter
We know, we know, it may seem far-fetched but hear us out. There are some trivia board games out there that require you to solve problems, create puzzles, and memorize movements. In other words, they get your brain cells working and your creative juices flowing.
When you play board games that force you to think, the prefrontal cortex and hippocampus in your brain get stimulated. For the uninitiated, these two parts are responsible for complex memory and thought formation.
So, while you’ll be having loads of fun, your brain cells will be getting healthier and stronger at the same time!
Games Help You Become More Confident
When you are playing a game (not Solitaire!), you need to put yourself out there. You have to participate in the game and cooperate with your team members to win. This may seem a little daunting to introverts, but once you get into the fun of it, it can make you forget all about the pressure.
Playing games with people you feel comfortable around helps you develop a stronger sense of individuality and self-awareness. As you sit back and relax, and socialize with the team, you enjoy the feeling of being “included”. This can help you build greater self-esteem and come out of your shell.
Games Can Strengthen Your Relationships
Whether you want to strengthen your bonds with your partner, family, or friends, nothing can help you more than an interactive, fun game. It can give you the opportunity to truly connect with a person as you share a common goal to win the game.
Not to mention, it's become pretty hard to go out and socialize with your loved ones right now, no thanks to the Wuhan virus. And watching sports is not for everyone. But there’s a solution to this! There’s nothing to stop you from organizing a virtual game night with your friends or family, and stay connected, no matter how far apart you are.
The internet is a terrific uniter. We all pay for it; let’s make it work for us even more than we already do!
One of the games for older adults that is worth exploring is Boom Again.
Games Help You Learn Necessary Life Skills
Oh, really? You bet! Playing board games help you learn patience, as you wait your turn. They teach you compassion and empathy as you engage with other players and work towards a shared goal. They also teach you how to behave with fairness and honesty.
If you’re looking for a way to teach these essential life skills to your little ones in the most fun way possible, a routine game night is all you need.