Trivia is a great way to have fun with friends but it can also provide important benefits to brain health.
The benefits of trivia night:
1. Trivia Enhances Memory – Memory is a crucial component of answering trivia questions. Thankfully, trivia is as good for memory as memory is good for trivia. Why? One of the best ways to improve memory is through cognitive exercises. Trivia is one of the best cognitive exercises out there.
2. Trivia Improves Cognition – Cognition is the mental process involved in gaining knowledge and comprehension. If you want to learn something and retain that information, you need strong cognition. The better your cognition, the quicker you’ll be able to learn new concepts and the better you’ll be able to remember them. There are a number of ways to build your cognition, most of which involve some sort of brain exercise. Trivia is one of the best exercises for your brain for a couple reasons. When you play trivia you’re asked to recall information that you don’t often use. The act of reaching for this information is a sort of mental stretching that is a great exercise for your brain. Trivia is essentially cross training for our brains. When you answer trivia questions, you’re using your brain to answer questions on multiple topics, from language to sports or mathematics to history. In addition, our brains need not only to critically but creatively think to find answers. The combination of the multiple topics and the different forms of thought work to significantly improve your cognition.
3. Trivia Helps Our Brains Perform Under Pressure – When you’re asked a trivia question, you don’t have a lot of time to think and come up with an answer. Forcing your brain to work under the stress of a time constraint will help it perform when faced with other pressures.
4. Trivia Reduces Stress – Stress wreaks havoc on our bodies and can cause our brains, especially our memories, to function poorly. Playing trivia is a fun and relaxed way to learn new information. Also, when’s the last time you played trivia and didn’t laugh? Trivia’s jovial and relaxed nature greatly help reduce your stress levels.