You want to be a success, and to be extraordinary at whatever you do. This is obvious, but this may entail sacrifices, meaning that you may feel you have to give up some of the things that you do for a hobby, whether that is watching TV with a few beers, playing golf, getting together with friends, or playing video games. Right? Wrong, according to newly available scientific data.
Gaming can actually have an incredibly positive effect on some parts of your health, particularly your brain health. For example, gaming can strengthen the parts of your brain that are responsible for spatial awareness. Likewise, your memory can be improved by gaming, according to empirical evidence.
What is more, gaming can help you with your long-term planning skills. Finally, gaming can, unbelievable enough, actually increases you brain matter. A German study involved participants playing Super Mario 64, and then getting their brain tested to see what effects it had. It turned out that it increased the size of a number of brain areas.
Gaming can also possibly improve the general health of society. One of the most promising applications of using gaming in public health is directly related to the demographic changes experienced in most societies today.
In modern society, as people are living longer, it is amazing that research has shown that gaming can prevent and reduce the cognitive decline that accompanies ageing. As well as improving in general brain function in elderly, who perhaps no longer have work to keep them sharp, gaming also helped, in studies conducted, to increase self-esteem and improve quality of life. This could revolutionize the way in which professionals treat the elderly, and shift practice in social care.
All of these things, far from being a barrier to achieving your goals, may actually facilitate their achievement. If your cognitive power increases, so will your ability to cope with the demands of the standards you set for yourself, and with the pressures that come with responsibility and success. It can also have amazing public health benefits.
What is more, gaming is fun. It can help you wind down after a tough week, will bring you together with your friends, and will provide you with a sense of stress relief. As well as this, gaming can actually improve your brain-power, and can so set you on the road to achieving all that you want to in life. Just remember to invite your grandparents!
If you want more info on the health benefits of gaming, see the infographic below produced by those at Computer Planet.