the power of riddles

Could it be that the time-tested exercise of solving riddles could prove to be what our education system needs to teach our children how to be problem-sovers, as well as providing our aging generations with brain exercise that slows down dementia and improves cognition and memory?


Could it be so simple? 


We believe it is - so we've created a revolutionary technology platform that uses riddles and "family media" to do two things:


  1. provide families with daily "brain exercises" that help the kids become problem-solvers and provide the adults with more brain activity,
  2. bring those generations together - generations that technology has separated over the years.


Learning is one of the main concerns of society today, along with learning later into life. Information has become infinitely available with the expansion of the internet, but this doesn't help when it comes to improving your cognitive ability. Riddles work the brain in ways that reading through lines of information cannot. They are very useful in building creative and cognitive skills.


The ability to solve riddles has been treasured by most civilizations over time, as they identify it as one that signifies intelligence and general ability. Riddles have been featured in magazines meant for scholars and children’s books, but regardless of where you find them, they are featured as puzzles. A single riddle composed of a few lines contains countless relations and clues to the solution that allows your brain to make new connections and strengthen existing ones. In this way riddles can be just as strenuous and mind-expanding as any other method you can find online.


The great thing about riddles is that there are so many out there and they are all unique and offer different benefits to the brain. Riddles come in many different flavors. Some of them are extremely hard and poetic, while others were made for children (and everything between). 


Riddles have been and are a badge of ability and are a great way to learn how to be a critical thinker and respected problem solver.


Riddles can bring people together – even different generations.


THE QUALITIES OF A GOOD RIDDLE SOLVER


What does it take to be a good riddle solver?


Grit

Those who solve riddles without the help of anyone else tend to be persistent, independent workers. If you frustrate easily or do not like to spend a lot of time turning something over in your mind, chances are you will quickly grow impatient or lose interest, leaving the riddle unsolved or with an incorrect answer. 


Logic and Creativity

Logic also plays a key role. Some of us just aren’t practiced in logical thinking. Good problem solvers requires creative, "out-of-the-box" thinking. Both of these traits can be learned with daily practice.


Practice

Lastly, practice makes perfect. Pondering a riddle once a day versus once a year can make a huge impact on your solving abilities. As with any sport or hobby, your brain will grow accustomed to the riddle solving process with regular exercise. 


FAMILY BENEFITS OF RIDDLES


Our "riddle + technology" platform is a vehicle that will benefit each family member as well as bring different family generations together:


CHILDREN


Riddles can obviously improve how kids think. After all, they are oftentimes called brain teasers. Here are specific reasons why riddles are beneficial for children:


Parent-Grandparent-Child Bonding

Children usually develop behavioral problems if their parents don’t bond with them much. With parents giving riddles, kids are not afraid to blurt out answers. They get more confident in expressing themselves. That’s why riddles are useful to develop children’s social skills.


Opportunity to Teach

One thing that makes a riddle is that it can be passed on to different people until it reaches the next generation. It is an endless chain. A factor that contributes to this is children telling riddles they know to other people. It means that riddles can develop a child’s memory.


Improve Vocabulary

Riddles are usually told in a creative way with more advanced words. When kids want to share riddles, that’s after they understand the whole context. Riddles also encourage kids to ask about words they can’t understand yet.


Comprehension

Many kids can read at such a young age but can’t fully understand context. In order for a child to share riddles with other people, he must fully understand the riddle first. With great understanding comes great comprehension.


Preparation for Advanced Tests

Most tests in schools as well as the SAT and ACT, rely on creativity, logic and comprehension. Riddles can improve a child in all those areas. They can improve the critical thinking, comprehension and problem-solving skills of a child.


Intellectual Humor

Children tend to love slapstick comedy and childish jokes. To improve a child’s taste in humor, you can give creative riddles to them. Riddles can entertain a child and get his brain working at the same time.


PARENTS


Some people may get surprised that riddles can still be beneficial for adults who have fully developed mental capacities already. Here are factors to prove that riddles can still be important for adults:


Memory Enhancer

Let’s face it, our memory as adults can be rusty sometimes. Riddles can actually help sharpen our minds. Experts suggest that puzzles such as riddles can reinforce the ongoing connection between brain cells. Riddles can enhance thought process because of mental alertness.


Accelerated Logic

Some riddles can be tough for adults. But, they can make a person think about the answer in all angles. They allow a person to think outside the box. Every trial and error in answering questions follows a system.


Encourage Imagination

To answer a riddle, you must recognize the details and combine them to form a bigger picture. That triggers a person to work with logic and imagination.


Release of Dopamine

Answering riddles enables the brain to produce a neurotransmitter called dopamine. Dopamine helps in improving motor skills, concentration, positive thinking, confidence, memory and understanding. That’s why some people won’t give up even if they answer the riddle wrong several times.


GRANDPARENTS


Being old is associated with poor memory and recognition. On the other hand, riddles can help in sharpening mental capacity once again. Check out the benefits of riddles to older people:


Reduce the Risk of Dementia

Studies suggest that in the year 2050, 37 million people over 65 years old will have experience mental illness due to old age. Puzzles, in general, can either slow down the effects of dementia or avoid it if done continuously. So, with riddles, our grandparents can read word puzzles from time to time to keep the mind sharp.


Exercise the Brain

Alzheimer’s is a critical disease among old people. If you know someone who already displays early stages of the disease, you can help exercise his mental faculties by giving riddles. Riddles can enhance cognitive functions such as memory because they can help increasing the number of new neurons inside the brain, especially in the hippocampus.


THE DAILY VITALS CHAT


The Daily Vitals chat has been designed to bring parents, grandparents and kids together in a chat app that encourages connection by using gaming such as the “Daily Riddle” for all participants and Woogi Create for the kids. Each day each family member will receive either an up or down arrow (and some progress on the Family Strength meter) depending on whether or not they’ve done their tasks for the day. The tasks could be as follows:


  • Kids – the kids will need to play in Woogi Create and accomplish something there AND they have to answer the Daily Riddle
  • Parents - they just have to answer the Daily Riddle
  • Grandparents – they just have to answer the Daily Riddle
  • Mentor – has to be logged into Woogi Create and work with the village AND they have to answer the Daily Riddle


If the riddle is too difficult for the kids, then the mentor or family members can give them clues in the chat.


The riddle responses are locked from anyone seeing them until they’ve answered it themselves. There won’t be any scoring on the answers – right or wrong, they get credit for playing and they level up a bit more on the Family Strength meter.