Crosswords

Crosswords

What’s a 9-letter word for ‘a morning brain shake’? “Crossword”!

Solving crossword puzzles daily is an effective and delightful way for stimulating our thinking. It may also enhance communication skills, improve memory and, in older people, reduce their chances of developing dementia.

The great thing about crossword puzzles is that they are available abundantly. Some are online, and some are found in newspapers or magazines. Some are easy, and others are challenging.

At first a hard puzzle may seem impossible, but letter by letter, and word by word, you fill in the grid and complete the puzzle. Learning to chip away at a crossword is like using small steps to chip away at a bad habit, and compared to a bad habit, these activities cost you little and benefit you a lot. If you are searching for an enjoyable way to keep your mind flexible and open, try a crossword! You may find yourself learning life lessons that can help you change a habit.

Making errors in the crossword grid can be frustrating and annoying. But the more you do puzzles, the more fun it is to track down your errors and correct them. Your IQ and skills are not something you are born with, but can be nurtured throughout life.

When it comes to crosswords, taking a short break can restore your brainpower, enabling you to see a mistake or find an answer. It’s amazing how solvable a crossword problem can be once you’ve stepped away from it and returned. It’s awesome when an answer pops up from somewhere deep in your unconscious. Sometimes even one letter can poke a neuron embedded deep within your brain and you magically get it. For a small, daily pat-on-your-back experience, do a crossword.

As the slogan says, “a mind is a terrible thing to waste . . . or lose”.

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  1. Emmanuel
    May 12, 2017 / 6:41

    Completely forgot how cool crossword puzzles are! Thanks.

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