Life Lessons From A Game of Solitaire

Game of Solitaire

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The game of solitaire focuses on solo play.

 

Right there is a life lesson but first let’s review the game of solitaire before we get too far.

I mean some people likely do not know how to play the game of solitaire. RIGHT?

Actually, I am sadly positive of this fact. Many kids today (OMG- that sounds soooo old) simply do not play the classics. We have absolutely become a video game world. Now, just to be clear, I am not against Minecraft, Mario Kart and Grand Theft Auto (well, maybe a little anti a few of them). However, those classics are classics for a reason!

Having said all of that, I do love that these classics have been modernized as I would much rather play some of these games on my phone, ipad or computer. It is super convenient for travel, the number of solitaire variations is seemingly endless, and statistics are easy to track. 

 

Solitaire Game Statistics

We can learn life lessons in any number of places. The more that we are exposed to life’s most important lessons the more enriched our lives will be. So let’s get on to those life lessons that we can learn from playing a game of solitaire.

 

  1. Sometimes the most obvious move is not always the best move. In life, as in the game, when we see something obvious our instinct is to do it. However, delaying gratification may be the move with bigger rewards.
  2. Looking at all of the information available will allow you to make a more informed decision. In cards that means looking at all of the cards that have been dealt. In life, it is pretty much the same.
  3. Competition is healthy, even when against yourself. In the game of solitaire, we are trying to improve our stats by playing faster and better. In life, when we are working to always be the very best person that we can be we are “competing” against the self that we are improving.
  4. A healthy amount of alone time is fun and healthy.  We do not always need other people to amuse us. We, in fact, need this type of self-efficacy to be able to motivate ourselves into action, and to behave properly in social environments.
  5. Everything can change in an instant. The cards can turn and so can life’s circumstances. We may feel that we are “losing” at the game or at the game of life and then we shift just one thing and it all changes.
  6. You have control. You control your moves in the game and you control your moves in life. No one can make you do anything. You have agency over yourself and you can make a different decision.

So there you have it…some of the life lessons that we can learn from playing a game of solitaire. The greatest thing is that there are even more lessons…

What life lessons do you feel we can learn from playings solitaire? Let’s chat about it in the comment section.

And by the way, if you prefer to solve puzzles, or to play games such as Mah Jong or others than you can find those at solitaire.org too. Such games will teach many of the same types of life lessons as referenced above. The hidden object games is another great one for learning and development and there are many to choose from.

Hidden Objects Games on Solitaire.com
Hidden Objects Games on Solitaire.com
Hidden Kitchen on Solitaire.com
Hidden Kitchen on Solitaire.com

I especially liked Mah Jong. The instructions were very helpful. I liked that the information on the history of the game is included on on Solitaire.org and that plenty of tips are to be found right on the site.

MahJong Solitaire
MahJong Solitaire

 

MahJong was a very popular game for my mom and hubby’s mom too. I never learned how to play and this electronic version helped me to feel a bit more connected.

 

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Elise Ho
Ph.D., D.N. Psych.
Behavioral & Mental Health Specialist

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16 thoughts on “Life Lessons From A Game of Solitaire”

  1. “Sometimes the most obvious move is not always the best move” is the biggest life-lesson I carry with me, from solitaire! I always look at every situation as it is….not as it ought to be!

  2. I love these life lessons! Solitaire really is a classic. I wish there was a solitaire app with a more modern look and maybe an extra reward system – I bet it could be so trendy again!

  3. Patricia Chamberlain

    These things are all so true! I love the idea of competing against yourself. I am always challenging myself to get better.

  4. I absolutely agree on everything you’ve said. While playing this kind of game we really need to think about strategies.

  5. I agree with everything you’ve said. The solitaire game helps you think and be focused on every move that you are going to make. It is sometimes easy, and hard but you have full control over it.

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Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho is a Holistic Health & Life Coach with a special interest in emotional health, life alignment, and energy flow.

Elise will partner with you to align your mindset, your energy, your home and your career so that you can live your life's desire with freedom and love.

Elise offers 30 years of experience and multiple certifications and degrees including a Ph.D. in Natural Health and a doctoral degree in Naturopathic Psychology.