What skills do puzzles develop in adults?

Adults also have a lot to gain from doing jigsaw puzzles now and then. This is especially true for older adults who can use these activities to keep their mind sharp well into their golden years. The biggest benefits of puzzling for adults include:

Improved brain health

Keeping your brain healthy and active by doing puzzles can help delay the onset of Alzheimer’s or Dementia. Studies show that doing puzzles keeps your mind active. A more active mind reduces the amount of damage that Alzheimer’s can inflict on your brain. Additionally, it supports new nerve cell growth while strengthening connections within the brain.

Doing a difficult puzzle can really help you to gain new skills!

Mood boosts

Putting together a pretty puzzle can increase your brains’ production of the neurotransmitter dopamine. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that works to regulate mood, and it also affects your concentration levels, memory, and motivation. Every time you put together a puzzle, your brain releases dopamine as a reward. This encourages you to keep working on the puzzle and challenging yourself. No wonder people get hooked on our gradient puzzle!

Better collaboration

For adults in the workspace, puzzles can increase teamwork and collaboration efforts between coworkers. Giving people the opportunity to put puzzles together in groups can help improve employee relationships. It also encourages cooperation to help the group finish the puzzle. You could even get a friendly competition going by having two puzzles with two teams going in tandem.

Increased productivity

When you have less stress, and you’re happier in general, it’s much easier to concentrate on those bigger, more taxing jobs. When concentration levels improve, productivity levels quickly start to climb. Anyone struggling to stay on task should try taking a short break to focus on a nice meditative puzzle (something like this Cloudberries colour puzzle is a good option).

Improved attention to detail

When you’re trying to solve a puzzle that contains tiny pieces that all look alike at first glance (this is a good example), having good attention to detail is a must. You have to train your eyes to look for slight differences in shape and colour that can help you put matching pieces together. You can use this ability to pick out small details in every aspect of your work and life.

 

Meditation

There are surprising similarites between putting puzzles together and learning meditation techniques. Puzzles keep your mind healthy and active, but they also invigorate it. Your brain relaxes as you contemplate a tricky puzzle, and this allows you to slip into a trance-like state that is similar to meditation.