Today I want to bless a few of you with something playful yet important for your mental health. Playing board games helps keep your mind youthful and active for people of all ages.
We do not stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing! Benjamin Franklin
Mental and Emotional Health Benefits for Playing Board Games
Playing, in general, helps to keep our cognition fresh and flexible. Prominent research on board games and mental health stated,
“playing board games could be a particularly relevant way to preserve cognition and to prevent cognitive decline or dementia.” Yao Ching-Teng
Another benefit of playing board games is a healthy community or family cohesion. It brings people together and creates a sense of relief, especially for introverts because the game creates a buffer while players primarily talk about the game.
It also improves critical thinking, decision making, memory, and learning capacity.
Part of my goal for blogging is to create a healthier community, and that’s means encouraging all of us to not only work hard but to learn to play hard. Life is better when we learn to balance work and play.
Rules For Entering
1. Please, tell me in 100 to 250 words what you or your family do for fun in whatever format, and creativity is a plus.
2. One give away is for singles and the second is for families.
3. You must be a follower of this blog at the time of this posting. I’m not doing this to gain new followers but purely to bless you.
Entries are open until Friday, June 12, 2020, at 11:59 pm Eastern Time.
I’ll inform the two winners and they can send their address and I will mail them as soon as possible. Free shipment too.
Why Board Games
I’m married to a gamer and becoming one myself. Board games are on the top list of activities we enjoy doing as a family. We are a family of nerds in various ways; please pray for us and join us in this delightful hobby.
One of my favorite games to play is Ticket to Ride (maybe because I win!). It engages logical thinking and strategy to maneuver around the map. There are maps with different countries but in each, you’ll have to connect different places together while your opponent may block you from connecting as they do the same.
We also own an online board game store (Macronova Games), and I’ll write more about the experience and lessons learned from starting up a small business and have my husband guest write for us too. We have had a pretty interesting journey regarding our board games business and cannot wait to share the details with you. We all have gifts and it excites me as we use them to help improve the lives of others, and sometimes your gifts come in the form of a hobby.
Thank you for all your support, and I am grateful because you make ‘The Art of Living’ more bearable. Have a wonderful week. Stay Blessed Always!
Yao Ching-Teng (2019) Effect of board game activities on cognitive function improvement among older adults in adult day care centers, Social Work in Health Care, 58:9, 825-838, DOI: 10.1080/00981389.2019.1656143