You probably already know about the many benefits games provide for children, such as stimulating brain function, improving social skills, and, of course, having fun. But did you know that adults can enjoy the same benefits when they indulge in game time with other adults?
Games as Stress Relievers
Playing games can help relieve the day-to-day stress of adulthood. It's tough to focus on the stressors of life when you're playing a rousing game of Charades or Jeopardy!
Laughter Is the Name of the Game
Start up a fun game and laughter is sure to follow. Why do adults need to laugh?
Laughter increases oxygen intake and stimulates blood circulation, which benefits your entire body.
Laughing can actually lower your blood pressure and reduce the hormones related to stress.
Laughter contributes to the bonding of a group and can bring people closer together.
Staying Sharp as You Age
Admit it - it's fun to show off how smart you are. But brainy games aren't just good for your ego; they're also good for maintaining your cognitive function as you age.
You're never too old to challenge your visual dexterity or decision making. When it comes to the adult brain, it truly is a matter of use it or lose it.
Tips for Grown Up Game Night
Hosting a game night for adults doesn't have to be a complicated affair. And while you can choose to go all out and decorate for the gathering, you can also keep it simple and still have as much fun.
Things You'll Need
Planning for game night is easy. Invite people who you know will participate and have the following on hand:
A game (or two): Choose a game all your guests will enjoy. Make sure the game has all the pieces, especially if it's a well-loved game you've played many times. Consider having another game on hand in case the first one is a bust.
Snacks: Any gathering is made better by great snacks. If you serve food that's eaten with the fingers, have plenty of napkins on hand so food doesn't get on the game pieces.
Prizes: Some small prizes for the winners will bring out the competitive nature of your guests and increase the overall fun factor.
Making Lasting Memories
Friends who game together stay together. Sharing fun experiences is an important step in bringing people closer together. A weekly or monthly game night among friends will quickly become a tradition you and your friends look forward to with great anticipation.
Try a variety of games until you find the one best suited for your group. It won't take long to discover a favorite!