Beyond being jolly good fun gaming has lot of benefits. I want to explore the details and reasons over the next few months and would love to hear your stories and views.
Studies have linked gaming to increased health including staving off dementia and Alzheimer’s https://www.tabletopgaming.co.uk/board-games/news/playing-board-games-once-a-week-may-help-stave-off-dementia-and
Learning and Educational
As well as learning more about the topic or theme of the game be it Historic, natural or evolution. Some of my favourite games have strong links to simulations and history. Evolution is a great game where you develop traits to survive the cruel world and each other. Neanderthal has you running a tribe and learning to speak. The Timeline literally has you putting objects and events in the correct order, much harder than you imagine it would be.. when were glasses invented?
Games teach lots of skills, turn taking, maths, reason, trading, reasons, strategy, tactics, bluffing, risk taking.
Games are a great social outlet in a digital world, they also provide a reason to mix chat and socialise without small talk a lot of people find terrifying.
A common interest is a great icebreaker and setting down to play a game is a great way to get to know people.
Depending on how you relieve stress, games can bring lots of laughter, deep through and problem solving or just a chance to hang with friends, a reason to leave the house and break your routine.
All of the above reasons help with mental health, it’s it safe inclusive community where there is a common interest. It gives a positive outlet for collecting, learning, studying as well as organising events and giving back.