Word games continue to be popular pastimes and provide a great opportunity for lighthearted competition among family and friends.
Wordle is perhaps the most popular word game to become popular in recent years. Created by software engineer and former Reddit employee Josh Wardle and launched in October 2021, Wordle was designed as a way to pass the time during the pandemic lockdown. Today it is played by millions of people and was even bought by The New York Times Company in 2022.
For those looking for something even newer, Knotwords, a word game created by Zach Gage and Jack Schlesinger, is available on iOS, Android, and Steam. It’s a mix between a mixture of words, crosswords and sudoku.
There are dozens of other word games people can try. In addition to their entertainment value, these games can provide benefits that surprise even the most dedicated blacksmiths.
• Build your vocabulary. Word games build vocabulary and can introduce people to new words. They can also help strengthen spelling skills.
• Improve concentration. People are being pulled in many directions these days and are expected to multitask more than ever. Word games largely require focusing exclusively on the task at hand and employing strategy.
• Stimulate the brain. Word games require critical thinking skills which could stimulate the brain. Word games train the brain in a similar way to how physical activity trains the body. • Improve memory: According to WebMD, word games can help seniors avoid memory loss and possibly delay the onset of dementia. But seniors are not the only ones to benefit. Word games can improve short-term memory and cognitive abilities for people of all ages.
• Stimulates feel-good substances. When a person is happy, the body releases endorphins, which are feel-good hormones and neurotransmitters. Healthline states that an “endorphin rush” often occurs after engaging in a fun activity. Endorphins are released by the hypothalamus and pituitary gland.
Playing word games can release endorphins, which can improve mood, boost self-esteem, and reduce pain and discomfort. These are just a few of the many positive ways puns can affect mind and body.
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