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The Unexpected Benefits of Playing Cards

By Brandi Swieter 

National Card Playing Day falls to the end of December. Many people will simply enjoy their time playing without a thought about just how good for their health the activity can be. Some unexpected benefits exist to playing cards that make doing so worthwhile on a celebratory day and throughout the rest of the year. 

Reducing the Risk of Dementia

Because card games are a mental activity, they work to stimulate the brain. Playing games and doing puzzles are ways to keep the mind sharp. This can reduce the risk of dementia as the mind and memory are actively being utilized. 

Coping With Losing

Not everyone can be a winner. In this day and age where everyone gets a trophy just for participating, many are unaware how to cope with losing. Some may feel embarrassed, mad, or upset when they lose at anything they do. There is only one true winner during each round of a card game. This teaches people that they need to cope with losing and keep trying their best so they can win the next round. 

Reducing Stress

A stressful day can be made better with a simple game of cards. Whether you're socializing with others or playing a game alone, the activity can help to reduce stress and boost mood overall. It gives your mind something else to focus on instead of the thing that is stressing you out. You'll feel much more relaxed. Even just shuffling the cards and trying to turn them into a bridge can help to refocus your mind and put you into a relaxed state. It's a favorite pastime of many card players. 

Social Engagement

Though video games now offer some social interaction via the internet with the ability to "go live," there is still much more engagement when playing a game in person. Interacting with others face-to-face is a great way to boost mood, unwind, and maintain friendships. A round of cards or even a board game with others should be played regularly. 

On any day of the year, people everywhere should take pride in the card games they enjoy. A boost in mental health is a major benefit that playing provides. The fun of the game paired with the benefits it brings is more than enough to call this a worthwhile activity. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Evans, Ga.

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