Sharpen Your Mental Skills With Sudoku

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Head PuzzleA powerful mind can achieve so many things, as much or more than physical strength. Some of the key areas to focus on in mental ability are concentration, memory, skill solving skills and logical reasoning.

All these can be improved with some exercises like crossword puzzles, Sudoku and many other puzzles and memory games.

Crossword is a game of letters, the clue is provided and you need to find the word that best describes the clue and it is fitted on a grid. Sudoku is a similar game, the only basic difference is that it is a numerical game; numerals from 1 to 9 need to fit in the grid without being repeated in a row or column.

The rules are simple and the game is very easy to learn. There are different challenging levels to choose from and the solving skills are honed with practice.

Benefits of Sudoku

The benefits of Sudoku directly relate to the benefits of the mind. The game offers a wide range of developmental skills for the mind and thus is very beneficial. The benefits of the game can be briefly listed as:

1. Improves memory, hence very suitable for different age groups. Since the game requires that the number must not be repeated in the row and column, the player needs to remember the possible positions that can solve the clue. Continuous practice has been found to increase the memory.

2. Improves problem-solving skills. This benefit can’t be denied. The aim of the game is to solve the problem. There are some numbers already provided in the grid and the player needs to work around it to find a solution, keeping the rules of the game in mind.

Some puzzles can be highly difficult to solve and therefore tests the capacity of the mind to solve under stress, time or the desire to complete. This can be of great use in your daily life.

3. The most important aspect of these games is the capacity to improve logical reasoning. It is not a game of chance but a calculated solution to be achieved solely in your own capacity.

This triggers the thinking capacity of the player and can be helpful in life experiences too. There is no guessing, the solutions only require that you wear your thinking cap to find the answers.

Apart from all this, the game helps you focus on the task at hand and thus improves your concentration. This is extremely beneficial for children in their growing years to build their confidence and concentration.

But an age appropriate puzzle must be chosen, once they start solving the puzzle, they can get addicted to it and improve their skills even more.

Although it is beneficial for children – a lot of kids play Sudoku – it is equally helpful for adults and they can develop all these skills too by practicing Sudoku regularly.

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