Normally, it is believed that solving jigsaws, sudoku, and other riddles is beneficial for our mental health, and now, a new study has made further revelations about the same. The study has determined that solving puzzles improves reasoning, memory, and problem-solving skills, along with this, it can also avert problems like forgetfulness.
Trauma Therapist Olivia James said that puzzles make a person concentrate, which keeps the mind busy, because it does not feel much challenged, and this is helpful for people grappling with issues like stress, tension, and depression. Britney Horn, Founder, RVL Wellness said that puzzles are a mental exercise which energizes both parts of the brain. The brain’s left part is more logical, while the right one is creative. Puzzles take us to a state of rest, and the brain moves to a meditative state.
Solving puzzles leads to a feeling of peace and calm, which lowers blood pressure and the heart rate. Horn further states that puzzles help us understand as to how we feel without our phones and internet. If a puzzle is solved, one feels happy and satisfied.
As per Philip Frank, CEO, Ravensburger, a game-maker, a 370% hike in the demand of puzzles was recorded in 2020. He added that the company saw such high rates of demand for the first time in its history of 136 years. In North America, Ravensburger is selling a puzzle every 20 minutes.