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Whether played with a deck of cards or on an elaborate board with movable pieces, party games offer a number of surprising, mental, physical and social benefits.
In addition to being incredibly engaging, these activities encourage people to share information and mingle in ways that other forms of entertainment do not. They help players form bonds, trade secrets, practice critical thinking and strategy, and learn more about themselves and each other.
Stimulating Interpersonal Communication
When people get together in large groups to blow off steam and celebrate, having access to a lively party atmosphere isn’t guaranteed. In fact, even the best parties can get off to a slow start if there isn’t the right mix of entertainment. Fortunately, board games can be used to incite stimulating interpersonal communication, especially if these are designed to be humorous, revealing and even slightly taboo. For instance, the Australian edition of Cards Against Humanity requires players to read socially inappropriate questions from black-colored cards, while their opponents are required to select and read the funniest responses from their own, white-colored cards. Not only is there no need for players to dream up their own witty responses, but the humor in games like these are also sure to lighten the mood and open the door to other forms of conversation. Moreover, for people who are able to engage in stimulating, interpersonal communication, making new friends in new settings becomes infinitely easier.
Reduced Risk Of Degenerative Brain Diseases
If you’re looking for a fun and effective way to stave off degenerative brain diseases like Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s, playing more board or card games with your family members and friends could be it. Although the brain isn’t exactly a muscle, it does benefit from regular engagement and exercise, much like your muscles do. Creating a stronger and higher-functioning brain early on is believed to significantly reduce the risk of cognitive decline later in life. For young children, this level of engagement can also foster better cognitive skills and memory formation.
Board games are also a well-known and entirely natural source of stress relief. This is largely due to the fact that they distract players from challenges that they’re facing in their everyday lives. Much like taking a long walk or engaging in another fitness activity, playing board games allows people to focus on something other than their problems for extended periods of time. Not only does this alleviate mental stress, but it can also provide a number of important physiological benefits as well. Routine efforts to alleviate stress can lower blood pressure and prevent chronic hypertension, alleviate pain and boost the human immune system. Moreover, board games such as those produced by Cards Against Humanity Australia alleviate depression and create increased personal satisfaction by inciting laughter.
There’s plenty of good reasons to break out the cards or set up a board game when getting together with friends. Not only do these activities stimulate thoughtful and engaging conversation, but they can also promote lengthy bouts of laughter. Best of all, activities like these provide an impressive array of widespread, mental and physical health benefits.