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.
When solving crosswords, you will give yourself a head start on the harder, longer words, and eliminate a majority of the puzzle. by filling in all the easy clues first. You can break the puzzle into blocks, across and down, until you reach the end of the clue list. Sometimes there may be a clue that could have two or more solutions. You can write all of the possible answers down alongside their respective clues until you fill in enough squares to exclude the words that do not fit.
by Catherine D. Louis on Jul 10, 2018 Crossword