Can You Beat These 5 Brain Teasers? 

Shandra Martinez

| 2 min read

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Do you like solving puzzles or riddles? If the answer is yes, give yourself credit for a healthy habit.
Exercising your brain can be just as important as exercising your body. And the best part about brain teasers is that you can have fun while keeping your gray matter sharp. Brain teasers come in all kinds of patterns, whether looking for number sequences, solving word riddles or finding an image that doesn’t fit with the rest.
Figuring out the answers engages the brain in stimulating cognitive activity, according to research. These games challenge and stimulate the brain by requiring a certain level of critical thinking, problem-solving, and logical reasoning skills.
When you are exercising your brain by learning something new or figuring something out, you’re growing new neural pathways and supporting old neural pathways, according to the Cleveland Clinic.
Solving riddles can offer big mental health benefits. They can:
  • Sharpen the thinking process
  • Exercise the mind
  • Improve memory
  • Improve concentration
  • Stimulate creativity
Brain teasers have been around since ancient times. Researchers have discovered that the Greek mathematician Archimedes, who made several important contributions to the fields of physics, engineering, and astronomy, is one of the first known enthusiasts. He created mathematical challenges for his peers to solve, according to historical documents. Over the last few thousands of years, these mental games have evolved into a variety of forms.
Check out our five brain teasers to give yourself a mental workout. 
Can you complete this number sequence?
Can you find the different emoji?
What are the missing letters?
Which way will the egg roll?
Can you move three matches to make three squares?
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