These puzzle games for couples will improve memory and strengthen your connection to each other. After all those discussions about finances, budgets, mortgages, kids, career, and family — you need to relax and have fun playing games together as a couple.
One of my favorite games is Bananagrams, but I always get stressed when I play it. I freeze under pressure, probably because I want to win so badly. If your partner doesn’t enjoy playing board or puzzle games, then you need to think of something more interesting and fun to do together. Have you thought about learning a musical instrument as a couple? That’d be a very interesting activity to do together, but it’s not exactly a game!
5 Puzzle Games for Couples
An updated version of this article about puzzle games is 10 Board Games for Couples. Some of the ideas are the same, but most are different types of games for couples to play together.
Pictionary or card games
Never Have I Ever, The Card Game of Poor Life Decisions is a great game for couples who want to get to know each other in a whole new way.
“Pictionary is a great brain-boosting game,” says Dr. Svetlana Kogan, founder of The Doctors at Trump Place. “It teaches us to integrate visual, auditory, and tactile cues to arrive at the solution of a given problem. It also improves imagination and promotes socializing with other people.” She adds that playing cards is a great game for couples it improves short and long-term memory and promotes socialization. Games like this can build family bonds and create better relationships.
Games for language learning
“Have you ever wanted to learn a second (or third, or fourth) language?” asks Lindsay Gaskins, President and CEO of Marbles, The Brain Store. “It turns out that in addition to being helpful for foreign travel, learning another language is one of the best ways you can stimulate your brain. Hearing and processing new sounds and configurations helps to form new connections in your brain. Whether you have an overseas vacation planned this summer, or maybe just a weekend away, consider bringing a language learning program along with you. You can even load a program onto your iPod or listen in your car on the way to work.” There are great language learning games — and they’re especially effective if couples follow it up with a trip to an exotic country!
Word and puzzle games
“Word and puzzle games — such as Quiddler — are wonderful in enhancing some cognitive functions, such as concentration, focusing, problem-solving, and decision-making skills,” says Dr Arinoldo. “An additional benefit is that they are also quite good at reducing a person’s stress level.” Casual computer games can improve memory, thinking skills, and overall cognitive health. And, solving puzzles together can help keep the romance alive by teaching you new things about each other.
Why not have fun — such as pretending you’re a rock star — while you’re playing games as a couple? This strengthens your love by breaking through inhibitions and allowing yourself to be seen in a whole new way. “Learning a new language or how to play a musical instrument are great activities to improve brain health and thinking skills,” says Ezriel E. Kornel, M.D., F.A.C.S. Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery at Columbia University. “A game such as “Guitar Hero” by Wii can accomplish this (it’s like learning a musical instrument). These activities create new connections between neurons. Though these connections are made more rapidly in the developing brain during childhood, they still do occur in the older brain.”
For more ideas, read 10 Fun Games for Couples.
Basketball, soccer, dancing, aerobics
If you’re not into board or computer games (like me — I’d rather be doing other things) — then focus on exercising as a couple.
“Aerobic exercise can boost brain health, improve circulation to the brain and maintain the integrity of the blood vessels,” says psychologist Carl G. Arinoldo, author of Essentials of Smart Parenting: Learning the Fine Art of Managing Your Children. “It assures that the brain receives a high oxygen supply. Additionally, aerobic exercise has been shown to increase the number of neurons, especially if done before middle age.” To improve memory and strengthen your love relationship, get physical exercise at least three times a week — together, as a couple.
Puzzle games for couples can be quirky and fun holiday, anniversary, or birthday gift ideas. They encourage couples and families to spend time together, which can go a long way in building better relationships.
If you think your partner won’t be interested in playing games or doing puzzles with you, read What to Do When You Feel Alone in a Relationship.
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