Let me start by saying that there are several addictive activities out there and most of them are not very good for you. Sudoku is among the exceptions!
Sudoku is much more than a game. In fact it is about living well! One lives well if one is able to field the intellectual challenges thrown one’s way. This needs the presence of a sharp mind. What better way to sharpen the mind than by playing Sudoku?
What are Sudoku Benefits?
A brain game like sudoku, as well as crossword puzzles, taking classes, reading, and writing, can help delay dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, and protect the brain from decline. Any time you stretch your brain and try something new, especially using different parts of your brain and thinking in a different way, you’re helping to sharpen your mind and keep it that way. Here are a few benefits of playing Sudoku:
1. Sudoku brings a sense of calm and order
No matter how busy your life is, Sudoku offers a relaxing way to take a break from the world around you. Many people make Sudoku a part of their daily schedule because it refreshes them and allows them to meet the other commitments with renewed energy and vigor. Playing Sudoku also helps people feel a sense of mastery - this is one reason why the game is so popular.
2. Increases your concentration power
Sudoku requires players to think strategically and solve problems creatively. Once you stop playing in the middle of the game, you have to start the whole thinking process, which helps you to develop your concentration power and re-focus skills.
3. Sudoku might help your brain stay healthy
The American Alzheimer’s Association has endorsed Sudoku as a “brain game” that might help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, and some researchers believe that playing mentally stimulating games and puzzle games like Sudoku might be a good way to reduce our risk of dementia as we get older. (Although the science is not definitive on this subject, it’s worth thinking about!)
4. Sudoku provides an escape
Sudoku is a fun puzzle game that can be played anytime, anywhere - making it easy to use these games as a quick, harmless bit of escapism from your daily routine. Many people say that Sudoku and other puzzle games are “addictive,” but it’s a much healthier addiction than smoking!
5. Sudoku is fun for all ages
Sudoku can be played by children, adults and senior citizens alike. There are special Sudoku games designed for kids (for example, Sudoku puzzles with only the numbers 1–4 instead of the usual 1–9) and the rules of the game and the various online Sudoku games and Sudoku mobile apps are simple enough for almost anyone to quickly get up to speed on the game, whether or not they consider themselves to be “tech savvy” or “good at math.” Sudoku can even be a fun game for parents to play with their children - you can both sit together and help your child learn how to fill in the spaces on the grid, teaching logical problem-solving skills and helping your child feel a sense of accomplishment with each puzzle solved.
6. Sudoku can help get rid of “earworms.”
Have you ever had an “earworm?” Not a parasitic worm in your ear - a song that gets stuck in your head and won’t stop replaying. Scientists at Western Washington University found that playing Sudoku (while listening to a persistent “earworm” song) helped people get the songs out of their heads faster - but only if the Sudoku puzzles were not too difficult. This is an unexpected (but much-appreciated) benefit of playing Sudoku!
7. Learns to do things quickly
Not only playing Sudoku is interesting but it helps to increase your sense of time. You will learn how to make a decision and take an action with less hesitation.
8. Improves your memory
Memory and logic work side-by-side when you are playing Sudoku. We use our memory to memorize the numbers, when we use our logic to figure out the next blank.
University professors have now found a novel way of testing their candidates. Gone are the days of laboriously inking down answers. Solve a Sudoku and earn a university seat. For, professors know how well oiled the brain cells are by a student’s Sudoku solving capacity.
Prof. Ian Robertson conducted a study on 3000 people. They were aged between 65 to 94. After regular Sudoku solving sessions, their mental age improved by 7–14 years.
Sudoku is highly recommended for children too. Mothers are now encouraging their children to play Sudoku. They know it improves their children’s mental faculties.
Sudoku is for everyone. Whether they know numbers or not. In fact, you can even play Sudoku without numbers; you can use any nine distinctly different symbols, say 9 alphabets in any language, 9 colors, or whatever; because you’re not using the relationship between the numbers as such. So, even pre-school kids can take to Sudoku, if only they have the natural inclination.
It’s a game needing no mathematical calculations. just juggle the placement of numbers. So Sudoku is for all. That’s the reason for its universal appeal. A grandfather can sit with his granddaughter in a battle of wits (- an ideal way to foster family ties, shall we say?)
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