Are tongue twisters and brain puzzles good for you?

Keeping the mind active has many benefits. When we are young, we learn spatial awareness, logical reasoning, cause and effect through playing with puzzles. As we get older, puzzles and games are still good for a number of reasons.

1. Puzzles keep the mind sharp and slows the risks of dementia. Problem solving, word games, mathematical conundrums and mental challenges all keep the brain alert.

2. Developing your own personal systems to help solve puzzles enhances brain activity over time. With jigsaws, for example, some prefer to do all the edges first, whereas others will complete all of the sky. With crosswords, some complete the grid in numerical order whilst others do all the crossed words first. These are methods used to complete the challenges efficiently.

3. Tongue twisters require quick-fire decisions by the brain. The tongue, jaw and breath needs to be controlled to create the correct words in order. Practising tongue twisters, therefore, keeps the brain fully engaged, even though it seems like a fairly easy puzzle.

4. A sense of achievement is felt when puzzles are completed successfully. The ability to recite tongue twisters gives you satisfaction and it also provides something to pass on to younger members of the family.

5. Memory can be enhanced by playing brain games as it boosts the power of the mind.

6. An interest in all sorts of puzzles, whether online or in your living room, helps to combat boredom and provides a hobby to pursue. It gives you a subject to talk about and something to share with others.