If you’re one of the thousands of people who are hooked on the game WORDLE, then well done!  If not, you might want to reconsider.

For those who don’t know, WORDLE is a game that gives you 6 attempts at correctly guessing and spelling the 5-letter word of the day.  A correct letter in the correct location within the word is green, a correct letter in the wrong spot is yellow, and a letter that is not in the word is grey.

Experts in neuroscience say that games such as WORDLE are good for cognitive health.   Challenging and problem solving games can stimulate key parts of the brain including those parts that deal with reasoning, language, logic, visual perception, attention, and flexibility. Cognitive health tends to decline as we age.  The more you challenge your brain the sharper the cognitive skills will be.  For those who already suffer from cognitive issues (head trauma, a stroke, sleep apnea, etc.) there is a chance that playing a game such as WORDLE can help.

WORDLE can enhance your mental health as well.  If you find it fun and engaging that will result in better mental health.  There may also be an extra benefit through the social component of WORDLE.  It provides you with a connection to other people who play and some people may use it as an activity to do with friends and family.

If you don’t like word games, there are other ways of getting the same kind of benefits.  Activities such as physical exercise, and socializing will also help to stimulate your brain.  Other activities such as completing puzzles, dancing, playing musical instruments, and sports can work too.