Can playing videogames increase your intelligence? In one word: most probably. Playing board games, and even video games, has been shown to have many health benefits and helps boost brain power.

Playing board games can increase a person’s Logical Mathematical Intelligence, which is basically the part of your brain set aside to process numbers. Playing board games and video games help you quantify and calculate numbers more quickly and accurately. This also plays into their interactions with people as it helps them search and find connections between people.  These kinds of skills create perfect candidates for different scientific, financial, and business careers.

Playing video games exercises and stretches your mind, building it stronger and reduces the risk of cognitive decline. The brain is constantly growing and making new connections all the time. When playing games you are forced to make head-on decisions that can get quite complex. This causes your brain to make and form new links in your brain all the time, essentially your brain is able to adapt to situations quicker and think more critically because of your broad set of skills that you already programmed your brain to handle.

Playing games also gives your brain a huge memory boost. The hippocampus and prefrontal cortex, which regulates memory and complex thought, benefit the most from playing games. Physical games, such as basketball, tennis, or kick-the-can, release healthy chemicals into your brain that boosts your brain, especially in these two areas, and reduces inflammation.

Aside from the obvious brain benefits, playing games is just a really fun time! Laughter and positive thoughts generally accompany these types of activities, which can help boost your immune system, release endorphins that help relax muscles and lower blood pressure, and reduce stress as it is an excellent way to relax and spend time with those you love having a great time. Though, if your family is anything like my family it usually starts like this:

and ends like this:

Have a great week!