Jigsaw puzzles aren't just a way to pass the time on a rainy day. They're also great for your brain! Puzzles have been known to help people improve their memory, problem solving skills, attention to detail, and many more! Continue reading to see our top 6 reasons everyone should make jigsaw puzzles apart of their everyday life.
1) Improved Memory
Research has shown that people who have struggled with short term memory can help themselves by completing jigsaw puzzles. It's been discovered that while someone works on a puzzle they are actually reinforcing connections between brain cells, which happens to be a big factor when it comes to memory.
When you attempt to assemble a puzzle, you look at the next place to put a piece, and you imagine in your mind what that piece will look like. You picture the shape of it, the colors it will have on it. Then you hold that image in your head as you sort through the available pieces.
2) Improved Problem Solving
To assembling a puzzle, one needs to be able to picture what the finished product will look like, and think about the route they will take from start to finish. This will help improve ones ability to formulate a plan and then go out and execute said plan, even when confronted with an issue.
3) Improved Productivity
This benefit is sort of a bi-product of 1 & 2, but still a benefit of someone doing puzzles. After your memory and problem solving improve, you will notice that you are more productive in your daily routine. You'll be able to use the skills you honed while doing something you enjoyed to improve in other areas of your life.
4) Reduced Stress
Puzzles can be very challenging at times, but in most cases they actually help us relax and restart. Research shows that when you are working on a puzzle, your mind goes from an "awake state" to a "dream like state." This has been shown to improve our moods, relieve stress, and even lower our blood pressure.
5) Improved Teamwork Skills
Completing a puzzle is fun but doing it with you family or friends is even more exciting. Being able to collaborate and work together to solve the problem is both fun and rewarding. Studies have shown that kids who completed puzzles together had improved relationships and their ability to cooperate and use teamwork also improved.
6) A Chance to Unplug
Maybe the most important reason everyone should add a puzzle to their daily routine. With the amount of stress and noise we encounter everyday, it's healthy to take a step back from all the stimulation and sit down to focus on something that isn't a screen.
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