How Puzzles Help Your Brain
USA Today has a useful article on their blog this week about jigsaw puzzles and what they do for us. I love it because about October, 2018, I discovered jigsaw puzzles.
It all started with an article by Malcolm Gladwell in my Masterclass about how putting together a nonfiction essay is comparable to doing a jigsaw puzzle. “Malcolm likes to do jigsaw puzzles. And he likens his writing process to working on a puzzle. He makes the pieces fit, which brings him satisfaction in the same way finishing a puzzle does.” I’ve been fascinated with that concept ever since.
But to try to understand what Mr. Gladwell was saying, I went out and bought a puzzle and put it together. And then another. And then another. Puzzles have now become part of my daily routine. If you love order. If you a little anal-compulsive, you will find puzzles feed a deep need in you.
The USA Today report brings up eleven benefits of doing puzzles you may not have realized are there. I have experienced every one of these benefits. (Even though my daughter laughs at me and says, ”Jigsaw puzzles are for old people.” That hurt a little, but it didn’t stop my fascination with doing puzzles. Each puzzle offers a new challenge.
Some of the benefits of puzzle solving are increased cognitive skills and lowered stress. Who wouldn’t want that? Here is the link to the USA Today article.
NOTE: Puzzles can be purchased from Puzzle Warehouse, Amazon, and Serious Puzzles to name a few outlets.