Crossword Puzzles Improve Your Mood ─ There's something very satisfying about completing a crossword puzzle. And that sense of satisfaction is more beneficial than it might first appear. It causes your brain to produce dopamine, a neurotransmitter that makes you feel pleasure and bliss. Dopamine is often released as you're working towards a goal, with a final burst when you achieve the goal. It's one of nature's ways of keeping us happy and motivated as we go through life. But dopamine will naturally drop if you receive no stimulation or excitement over time. And low levels of dopamine can result in feelings of apathy, depression and low energy. Whereas, including small goals and achievements throughout your week will naturally keep up your dopamine levels. So, that thrill of accomplishment when you solve a crossword will help keep you feeling excited and energetic about life in general.
In order to solve crossword puzzles, you need to begin by taking steps to prepare yourself. A couple of handy items to have are a dictionary and thesaurus, so that you will not get hung up by confusing words and phrases. Other necessities are a good, sharp pencil or two, and an eraser. You will also want to be sitting at a table or desk in a well lit area.
by Marion G. Thomas on Aug 05, 2018 Crossword