In the image below, you’ll see a cartoon drawing of two children playing in their family living room. The boy is building what appears to be a fort while his sister is running to join him. The family cat watches serenely from the side as the kids joyfully play.
In the image, six words are hidden in plain sight. Do you think you can find them all?
Scroll down to the bottom if you’re eager to get started and test your brain power. But if you’re interested in learning more about how puzzles like this boost your cognitive abilities, stick with us. We have some compelling information to share…
While games and puzzles are a great way to keep your brain engaged on a productive activity, they are not the only way to keep your mind sharp as you get older.
According to cognitive neuroscientist Sandra Bond Chapman Ph.D. in her blog on Psychology Today, you can improve your brain health with a few other simple tricks.
First, stop multitasking. Research proves that your brain can only do one thing at a time. When you shift between tasks you’re weakening your brain power. Your mind needs to adapt to the new task before it can proficiently complete it. Multitasking, distractions, and notifications, make it harder for our brains to do their job. Multitasking “actually overloads and fatigues the brain, making it less efficient,” Dr. Chapman said.
Dr. Chapman also went on to suggest that cutting ties from technology altogether goes a long way in improving your cognitive abilities. Even if you just turn off your phone or tablet for 30 minutes, you can reap the benefits. Quiet can really help your brain get deeper into a task.
The cognitive neuroscientist also suggests in her blog on Psychology Today, that you should focus on thinking deeper. Instead of “surface-level, uninspired thinking … challenge your mind to think in themes, which will strengthen connections between different areas of our brain… Our brains become quickly jaded by routine so push past the predictable to better your brain health across the lifespan.”
Keeping your brain sharp is important for you. Nothing is more demoralizing than the thought of losing your mental sharpness as you age. While puzzles can help a little bit, try to eradicate multitasking, disconnect from technology every day, and think deeper for optimal brain health.