Remember when you were kids and your parents use to gift puzzles on birthdays? We all must have solved some sort of puzzle game in our childhood, for few it was exciting you but other few it might be boring. I still remember growing up with solving jigsaw puzzle, identifying words in order to win scrabble or trying hard to solve Rubik’s cube. Nowadays, it’s disheartening to see kids playing video games instead of putting efforts together to solve traditional puzzles.
With rush of life we millennials left puzzle solving habit behind, considering it to be worthless and probably waste of time. But is it really worthless and waste of time? Today, through this article I will be talking about 6 benefits that an adult can derive through puzzle solving habit. I believe, you might already started guessing about few benefits.
Improve Your Problem-Solving Skills: “Problem-solving is very important skill” you must have heard this sentence many times in conversation with professors, boss or HR. Undoubtedly, creative thinking, out of the box approach and critical thinking are few of the important management skills used on daily basis in our professional life. Solving puzzles can help you in improving these skills. Solving puzzle requires usage of both sides of your brain: the logical left and the creative right. You should not be surprised to know that Bill and Melinda Gates are fans of jigsaw puzzles.
Improve Memory: You must have come across list of foods that can boost your memory. Why don’t you give some time in solving puzzle? Solving puzzle is a mental exercise, which requires first of all brain cells to reinforce the existing connections and memorise size, colour and shape of puzzle and secondly identify the place where pieces fits. It not only makes your brain cell works but also improves short term memory. Crossword and jigsaw are best cognitive exercises.
Prevent Dementia: As per the study published in the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, people experiencing Alzheimer’s or any other form of dementia can be medicated by engaging them on jigsaw puzzles. It’s never too early to start protecting your brain.
Enhance IQ: Term IQ was introduced by German psychologist William Stern in 1912. The basic test was developed by Binet and his colleague Simon on the instruction of French Ministry of Education to distinguish mentally retarded children from normal intelligent ones. Solving puzzles improves our memory, cognitive skills, vocabulary and reasoning. University of Michigan researchers suggest, adults can boost their IQ by 4 points by solving puzzles 25 minutes a day.
Increase Productivity: Solving puzzles helps our brains in the production of dopamine, a neurotransmitter. This neurotransmitter results in improved motoring skills, concentration power, recollection optimism and confidence.
Lower Stress: Puzzle is a great weapon against stress. While, solving puzzles our brains from “Beta” state, which is called wakeful state goes to an “Alpha” state. Solving puzzles also puts our mind in meditation. It helps us to reduce stress levels, increase productivity, and improve confidence.
Guys what are you waiting for, reading about more benefits? Buy a puzzle today and start solving it!