Do You Sudoku? Here’s your chance to play!
Whether you’ve played or not, you’re probably aware of the worldwide craze known as Sudoku. Sudokus are mathematical puzzles that require you to fill in a 9×9 grid so that each vertical and horizontal line, and each of the nine 3×3 sub-grids, contains the digits one to nine.
Sounds challenging, even impossible, right? The truth is that anyone can play, and trying to solve a Sudoku is actually good for you. Working through a puzzle can provide you with a sense of calm, stimulate your brain and provide a diversion if you need a break from a tiresome task.
You don’t need to be good at math and the rules aren’t nearly as complicated as they seem. Sudokus are everywhere – in the newspaper, in magazines and you can even find them as apps for your phone.
Sudoku can help train your brain to be more attentive to opportunity, more focused and it can stimulate your competitive nature, giving you a little adrenaline rush when you “win”. What’s not to like?
There’s even scientific data that illustrates the value of playing Sudoku. In 2019, researchers at the University of Exeter Medical School published a study about the brain-benefits of doing puzzles. They found that when adults 50+ played word and number puzzles like Sudoku regularly, their brain function vastly improved. In fact, puzzle-playing study participants often demonstrated brain function that was significantly younger than their actual age.
Try this easy Sudoku puzzle and give your own grey matter a mathematical workout!