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The Benefits of Puzzling for the Mind

Puzzles are many things, they can be fun, and challenging but did you know they can also benefit your mind? 

You may be asking how or what puzzles do for your mind.

Below are a few ways that puzzling benefits your Mind. 

1.Enhance Your Mood

Puzzling actually increases our production of dopamine. Dopamine is the chemical our brains produce that regulates mood, memory, and concentration. With every piece you fit into place, every little success your brain releases dopamine! 

SunStar Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle by Zen Puzzles. Puzzles benefit your brain

2. Improve Short-Term Memory

Puzzle work reinforces connections between brain cells which improves mental speed and improves short-term memory.

3. Improve Visual and Spatial Reasoning

When doing jigsaw puzzles you have to look at the individual parts, as well as the available spaces, and figure out how to fit the pieces together. The more puzzles you do the more your visual and spatial reasoning will strengthen. 

Aurora Borealis Zen Puzzle. There are many benefits to the brain from puzzles.

4. Sharpen Your Logic and Reasoning

Puzzles exercise your brain. When you do puzzles you activate different parts of your brain that strengthen and hone your critical and analytical thinking skills. 

5. Complete Brain Workout

The two halves of your brain right and left manage different mental processes. The left side of your brain handles analytical and logical thought. The right side of your brain handles creative thinking. When solving a puzzle you are working out both sides of your brain.

Sunflower Field Zen Wooden Puzzle.
Doing puzzles like this benefit your brain in many ways.

6. Stress Relief

Doing jigsaw puzzles give you similar benefits to meditation. Everyday stress melts away with the focus on the task at hand and that stress is replaced by a sense of peace and tranquility and even lower blood pressure and heart rate. 

Ocean Life Zen Puzzle limited edition zen puzzle. Benefit the brain with puzzles.

Since puzzles require you to take different approaches to solve them and work by trial and error, you build critical thinking and problem-solving skills. These critical thinking and problem-solving skills you build in your brain from doing puzzles are useful in many aspects of your life!

Start puzzling today and see the many benefits for yourself.