Completing a word search is beneficial in a number of ways. For one focusing on words can help improve your volcabulary and spelling. More impactful however is the way in which they exercise the pattern recognition systems of your brain. Pattern recognition is considered a key cognitive tool which is used by our brain to create meaning from the data around us. As we age it is vital to keep this part of our mind fit and healthy in order to help stave off issues such as dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Completing puzzles is also a great way to trigger dopamine release which lifts your mood and helps to keep you motivated in other areas of your life.