The 7 surprising benefits of puzzles on the brain
Puzzles are often considered "toys" because, of course, they are a lot of fun. Like all games and toys, did you know that they also have many benefits, especially for our health?
1-Puzzles reduce stress
Puzzles require a level of thought, focus, and patience that challenges our minds. Concentrating while sorting through rooms or staring at the picture for a long time is both meditative and satisfying. It calms us down and lowers our stress levels. When we put two puzzle pieces together (you know that nice feeling!) Our brains release dopamine, which has a positive effect on our mood, memory and motivation.
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2-Puzzles help us to disconnect
We all know that spending too much time in front of screens is bad for our health: it affects our weight, our sleep patterns, the health of our eyes and brain, and even your cognitive development. So the less time we spend staring at your screens - when you read this blog, for example - the better. Puzzles aren't just a great alternative to Instagram - they give you real time to relax!
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3- Puzzles train our short-term memory
As you go through the pieces of the puzzle to find the exact shade of color you need, along with the specific shape of the hole you are looking to fill, you need to keep the details in your short-term memory.
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4- Puzzles improve our dexterity
A Princeton University study confirms that puzzles can improve motor skills such as dexterity, also known as fine motor skills. When you take small parts, turn them over and put them in small places, it exercises all those little muscles in the fingers and eyes.
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5-Puzzles strengthen cognitive abilities
Puzzles, no matter the number of pieces, test our intellectual processes. We exercise our mind by studying the image and its details. By recognizing shapes, colors and patterns, and treating them as part of a larger picture, our problem-solving abilities are tested. We are implementing "strategies" to achieve faster success: sorting parts, identifying colors or shapes, cooperating with other players, etc.
A study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information shows that puzzles also use your visual and spatial skills as you work on the different pieces, understanding what they are and how they fit into the rest of the puzzle. . These skills can be of great help when driving, packing and navigating.
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6-Puzzles inspire socialization
A lot of us like to do puzzles solo, but tackling a puzzle with someone else can also give your overall well-being a little boost! Working together to achieve a goal promotes teamwork and prevents loneliness.
So, never worry about spending too much time doing puzzles again! It's officially good for you! Why not do a new puzzle and get to work right away?
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7-Puzzles improve self-esteem
If you invite a child to tackle a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle, it will be a real challenge for him. 1000 pieces is a lot! But when it is finished, the pride that results will reward the patience and the effort put in.
From 7 years old, a child can embark on a 1000 piece puzzle, but with the help of an adult. The help and the benevolent and encouraging gaze of the adult will push the child to continue his game. Driven by the pleasure of seeing the big picture unfold little by little, the players will surely reach the end of their challenge.
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