A special note on… puzzles for your brain.


Doing puzzles is a simple and fun way to challenge your brain. There are many types of puzzles and research suggests you gain the maximum benefit when you vary mental activities: Maybe do a crossword one day and a Sudoku or Kakuro the next.

If you are new to puzzles here are some of the basic types to try:

  • Sudoku tests your logical skills and working memory. The puzzles consist of a grid of cells (usually 9 x 9). The player has to fill all boxes. The rules are that each row, column and smaller box must contain the numbers 1-9.
  • Word search tests attention and pattern recognition. Also known as word find, word seek or word sleuth, the player has to find specified words within a grid of apparently random letters. Words may be hidden vertically, horizontally or diagonally and sometimes backwards.
  • Crossword tests vocabulary, general knowledge and problem solving skills. An empty, numbered grid is provided and clues are given for words that fit onto the grid. Each cell may only contain one letter.
  • Spot the difference tests attention and pattern recognition skills. Two almost identical images are given and the player has to find a specified number of subtle differences.
  • Kakuro or cross sums are challenging number puzzles that test logic and attention. For rules see resources section.
  • Anagram puzzles test vocabulary and problem solving skills. A word or phrase is provided and the player has to rearrange the letters to form a new word or phrase, using each letter exactly one time.
  • CryptoQuips test your problem solving skills and general knowledge skills. They come in the form of an encrypted quote, where the reader solves the puzzle by substituting letters.

If you would like to give some of these a try, see the resources section for downloadable examples.

Below are spiritual recipe for health and wellness: Matthew E. McLaren

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV

The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Philippians 4:4 NIV

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12 NIV

When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy. Psalm 94:19 NIV

The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad. Psalm 118:24 NIV

Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. Habakkuk 3:17-18 NIV

You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. Psalm 16:11 NIV

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