We won’t claim that a game of Scrabble would be the equivalent of a Tony Robbins conference when it comes to personal development. That said, we are big believers that playing board games can improve your life.
#1 Board Games Help You Connect
At a time when we’re all trapped behind the screen of our computers and cell phones, board games give us the opportunity to share a real world experience. It has been rumored that Plato once said “you learn more about someone from one hour of play than from a year of conversation”. For thousands of years board games have helped new friendships to be forged and they continue to bring families closer together every day.
Like many families, when we get together for the holidays we love gathering around the table to play games. There’s just something about the friendly competition brings us together unlike anything else. We especially get excited when someone brings a game that we have never played before. But whether it’s to try out a new game or play one of the old favorites, there’s just no better excuse to gather friends and family.
#2 Board Games Make You Smarter
It’s widely recognized that playing games can be one of the most effective ways to learn. Games engage a certain part of your brain that make us think critically, aiding in decision making and problem solving. Strategy games are especially good for this and even basic kids games get children using their noodle.
On a side note, I personally believe that our schools would benefit greatly from implementing more game-based teaching strategies. Kids who learn from playing games retain more knowledge while gaining invaluable experience working both with and against their classmates. But whether in the classroom or at home, it’s exciting to see games gaining more and more respect as a tool for sharpening the mind.
#3 Board Games Help Reduce Stress
While I don’t have the hard scientific data to prove board games are a stress killer, they do make us laugh and smile. If you think about it, it’s hard to be both happy and stressed at the same time. In the words of the Mayo Clinic, “Laughter can stimulate circulation and aid muscle relaxation, both of which can help reduce the physical symptoms of stress.”
Having an outlet like board games helps us to escape the day-to-day drudgery. And it doesn’t matter your style. Some people love the silliness and care-free nature of party games. Some love the more cerebral escape of an in-depth fantasy or role playing game. We recommend trying a wide range to find your gaming bliss.
#4 Board Games Save You Money
It’s no coincidence that board game sales boom in times of economic challenge. Case in point, the best selling board game of all time was first published during the great depression. In fact, many consider the recent recession to be the spark that caused the current explosion of the tabletop gaming industry. I would have to agree.
Simply put, board games are cheap entertainment. How else can you spend less than $50 and entertain the entire family night after night? Buying a party game and inviting your friends over is way less expensive than a night on the town. When it comes to good times for the buck, it’s tough to beat board games pound for pound.