Jigsaw puzzles have been around since the 18th century… that’s a long time.
Since their creation, they have always maintained a form of popularity, but with the invention of video games, smartphones, etc. demand for them dipped. I guess you could say technology killed the jigsaw star….. No? Okay, anyways, last year caused a shift. What once was old, became new as those from all generations looked for positive ways to spend their time, when electronics became too heavy.
But what was originally meant for a quick distraction, for many became a full-blown hobby as the benefits to completing jigsaw puzzles were re-discovered.
Here are the top 5 benefits of completing a jigsaw puzzle.
Take your brain to the gym
Do you like to work out? Maintaining our physical health is something that many find to be very important. But what about your mental fitness? Completing jigsaw puzzles works both the left and right sides of your brain. Your left brain is all about logic, while the right is where you store your creativity, so you’re getting a well-rounded mental workout when you sit down and spend time working on a puzzle.
Strengthen your visual-spatial development
Do you often struggle with parallel parking? How about figuring out those trendy TikToks? Well, then complete a jigsaw puzzle. When you’re working on a jigsaw puzzle, you have to focus on the pieces, their sizes, their colour, and basically every minor detail in order to figure out where they fit into the picture. When you focus like this, you are strengthening your visual-spatial awareness. This is a trait that comes in handy in many areas besides puzzling, such as driving, learning the newest TikTok dances, and a slew of other activities.
In the past few years, meditation has become extremely popular, and research has shown that completing jigsaw puzzles puts people into a zen-like state. When you focus on an image for a long time, you’re able to detach from stressors and decompress. Along with meditation, jigsaw puzzles have also been proven to lessen your heart rate, and blood pressure.
Good ol’ bonding
Nothing brings a team, family, or friend group together like completing a work of art. Having to search as a team to find the pieces for each spot, means lots of communication. And hey, that’s the trademark of any healthy relationship.
Stop forgetting everything
“Sorry, what did you say?” Yeah, stop saying that. Having to identify puzzle pieces, where they go, and what other shapes you need to fill the gaps, works as a way to strengthen your short-term memory. So complete a jigsaw puzzle, and put the sticky notes away, you’ll remember.
As you can see, jigsaws are good for the mind, body, and soul, so what are you doing? Get a puzzle (preferably get “It’s More Than A Puzzle”) and better your life.