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.
Start by reading over all the clues.This will give you a good idea about which ones are easy, and which ones may give you some problems. It can also help you to mark the clues according to difficulty, by making a check mark by clues you can solve easily, and circling the difficult clues you may need to research in order to solve. You may want to take a break and rest your mind regularly, especially if you are solving one of the larger puzzles.
by Catherine D. Louis on Jul 10, 2018 Crossword