Why Are Jigsaw Puzzles Good For The Brain? Benefits Of A Good Puzzle
Have you ever seen those ads saying doing a puzzle for 30 minutes a day can improve your brain?
We definitely have, and while we are a puzzle company we were still left to wonder! There are a lot of puzzles targeted at children to develop their cognitive skills and motor control. Some doctors recommend a puzzle for those battling memory loss disorders or other cognitively degenerative disorders. But why exactly puzzles, what makes the simple snapping of pieces together that's so good for us?
What are the benefits of a good puzzle? And why are puzzles so good for the brain?
Upon our initial research, we expected to find the normal things, but came across some staggering benefits we had not previously considered! So here are the most interesting benefits to our brain and body that we've found that can come with a good puzzle!
Jigsaw puzzles can decrease stress levels!
At the core of our business here at Lemonade Pursuits, we believe in the power of puzzles when it comes to relaxation and de-stressing oneself! Science tends to back this belief up, puzzles can be meditative and allow our stress hormones and relaxation hormones to balance out. You could even see a decrease in blood pressure and heart rate when putting together a puzzle! When one meditates they are focusing solely on one thing, this state of consciousness is similar once someone gets into the groove of putting together a jigsaw puzzle! So the next time you're feeling overwhelmed, try grabbing a puzzle and sitting down with it for a few minutes to get yourself back!
While on the topic of the meditative aspects of puzzles we can find another benefit!
Jigsaw puzzles can help your brain focus!
This stems from the same state of consciousness mentioned before! The fact that you are allowing yourself to focus on one goal and one piece at a time improves your brains ability to focus on a single task. Especially in our technological era, being able to focus on one thing does not come easy to us! Practicing focusing on a puzzle can allow you to focus more on studying, work assignments, or even hobbies! If you feel like you're unable to focus on one single task, grab a puzzle and practice being mindful of a single piece at a time!
Jigsaw puzzles can improve your short-term memory!
Some studies have shown that working on a jigsaw puzzle for about 20 minutes a day can improve one's short-term memory! When putting together a puzzle, you are made to remember where similar pieces are, the shape of a piece that you're looking for, or even a color! Practicing these memory techniques can in-turn support one's short-term memory! As someone who will stand in the shower trying to remember if I've washed my hair or not already, I may have to consider trying this one out for myself!
Jigsaw puzzles can help your problem solving skills!
This is one we want you to take with a grain of salt. While the science behind 'left-brain' and 'right-brain' is always up for debate, some suggest that puzzles help stimulate both sides of the brain. This means when you're putting a puzzle together you're engaging both your creative and logical side, which improves your problem solving skills! So, whether you're using a puzzle to improve your logic skills or you need a creative outlet, a puzzle is perfect for you!
Jigsaw puzzles are great for building teamwork!
While I'm not sure if you've experienced that team building exercise of trying to put puzzle pieces together, I can say that this is true of puzzles! Back in grade school we were once separated into different groups, each group was given a puzzle and we were told that whatever group finished first would win a prize! The secret was that we didn't have all of the pieces in our box, and it was mixed in with another teams puzzle!
We were made to build up our communication and teamwork skills! So, the next time you're completing a puzzle with a partner you're actually building up both your communication and teamwork skills! At that rate, why stop with one partner? Grab your friends and build up your synergy!
We hope you've found at least one of these benefits interesting! The next time you're doing a puzzle, your brain is actually pulling a lot of work that will benefit it! Is there any other benefit to puzzles you can think of? Let us know on social media by tagging us @lemonadepursuits on Instagram!