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5 Classic Board Games That Will Help Us Calm Down And Focus

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There are a lot of ways to calm down and focus when it gets hard, but you might not expect that doing so can be fun as well. Board games have been designed with valuable lessons in mind and this might just be exactly what you need. Here are some games which you might consider playing:

Risk

In “Risk,” players take turns to use their many army units to attack each other, take over territories and strengthen and expand their current ones. Winning the game means forming or dissolving alliances with each other strategically so that one can maximize his or her occupation of territories.

This game is one great simulation of warfare and one has to make the right decisions to win. It is very hard to predict who the winner will be since while the game requires strategy, there is also a luck factor which has to be put into consideration.

This classic strategy will surely give your brain a good workout since, like most other board games, it involves a lot of planning and thinking. This also means that playing this game a lot can sharpen your logical thinking and decision making skills since every move you make has consequences.

Cashflow 101

“Cashflow 101” was created by billionaire Robert Kiyosaki, best-selling author of “Rich Dad Poor Dad.” This game was precisely created to teach its players about financial literacy. Kiyosaki talks about this board game in this book and the principle behind it, wherein having the wrong financial mindset can leave you in a “rat race” which you try to escape in this game. This board game features two tracks: the fast track and the rat race. You will learn a lot of things about personal finance as you try to win this game.

While you will learn how to keep calm and strategize, you will also learn values things about finance such as the real difference between assets and liabilities, how to create a balance sheet and how to make money by purchasing real estate.

Pandemic

Unlike most other board games in general, this one requires players to cooperate with one another instead of competing. Each player will take on the role of dispatcher, scientist, medic, researcher and operations expert. The goal of this game is to find out what the cure is before the deadly diseases break out.

This game is pretty difficult. It takes a lot of concentration and practice before players actually find out what the cure to a disease is. This, however, presents an interesting experience for you and your friends to cooperate with each other and tackle something difficult. This game not only helps build your problem-solving and logical skills, it also teaches you about teamwork and cooperation. This surely is one fun way to build interpersonal skills.

Monopoly

Monopoly is a classic real estate board game wherein players buy and develop pieces of property. In the end, whoever has the most number of money wins. This game is said to be capitalism put simply. While it is built on such a concept, it has a fairly easy gameplay which young children can grasp.

In writing about this board game, author Philip E. Orbanes says that one valuable lesson that Monopoly can teach all of us is that “To win in life, you need to think like a game player.” He also says that you should establish your goals and before making any decision, ask yourself if such will bring you closer to your goals, or if it will cause you to deviate from your course.

Chess

When it comes to classic board games, this is the king of the genre. Chess develops thinking abilities and life skills in players, and despite being one of the older ones, it still remains to be one of the most entertaining. This game was created in India and has been around for over 500 years and still is, the most popular strategy game in the world.

Several studies over the years have already proven that chess can develop brain growth in all aspects. In a study from Venezuela involving 4,000 students, it was found that a few months of playing chess increased the student’s IQ scores.

Sometimes, things are better taken with a fun approach. Fortunately, if you want to learn to keep calm and focus while coming up with strategies, solving puzzles and playing board games is the way to go. Do you have any other popular classics in mind? Share them with us in the comments below

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