We are all experiencing problems in life, and for so many of us, the solution is to retreat back to simplicity. This is why so many people of the sandwich generation (those who are now old enough to have kids of their own but also aging parents) retreat into the hallmarks of their childhood, a time before the internet. Board games are something that is not just simpler entertainment, but we can get a lot out of it. What are some of the benefits of board games for you, your family, and those who have only known the internet and video games as entertainment?
It Is a Great Social Tool
Many people play board games in the park or in a bar environment, but there are also other venues that are coming around to the idea of board games, such as the good game grill, which combines a grill house and board games, and the great thing about board games is that it encourages people to work together or to engage with each other.
We all stay glued to our phones or video games now, and there are benefits to being by ourselves, we’ve all learned that since the pandemic we must keep that social spark alive. Board games are fantastic for families who may not have much to say but want to spend time together without staring at the television.
It’s Great for the Brain
It’s fantastic for the brain in so many ways. It increases your cognitive functions because of the high level of focus and skill needed; when you need to memorize something or do mathematics in your head you are naturally increasing your mental capacity and agility. Games like Scrabble have shown this to be the case for decades.
Additionally, it’s great for reducing stress. It allows us to take our minds off the negative things in our lives. Many people use social media as a way to escape their thoughts, but that mindless scrolling is going to reinforce that level of dopamine, which is the equivalent of eating something of no nutritional value for the brain; you may feel sated, but you will have to get more in a matter of minutes! A board game is a great way to immerse yourself in another world, which is why people focus on epic games like Magic the Gathering. If you ever wanted to relax, you could easily sit back with a board game.
It Creates Connections
Spending time with your family playing board games encourages cooperation, and beyond the social benefits of gaming, when people come together to compete, connect, or strategize, people have to cooperate through teamwork. There are, of course, those instances where it can descend into chaos, for example playing Monopoly, but the benefits of board games greatly outweigh the negatives.
Many people are having to cut back on electricity because of the rising cost of living. Perhaps, now is the perfect time for a board game by candlelight? It can do a lot for us!
Thank you for reading!