We were likely all exposed to jigsaw puzzles in our youth. Puzzles are used to teach words, shapes, colors, and geography, and provide focused, quiet time for children and parents alike. They’re used in schools to educate, and are thought to develop fine motor skills in children and prepare them for reading.
Peace by Piece Puzzles was inspired by the realization that the simple act of piecing together a jigsaw puzzle can offer therapeutic benefits. It has been discovered that this favorite pastime, brought to light in the 1760’s, can simultaneously stimulate the brain, as well as act as a form of meditation, allowing the mind to relax.
The Human mind has two separate hemispheres or lobes called right and left-brain with each one dealing in different functions. Right brain deals with emotions and performs tasks holistically while the left-brain functions in linear fashion.
Jigsaw puzzle helps you exercise both the parts of your brain. Left-brain thinks logically and follows sequence while the right brain is creative, intuitive and emotional. When you try to put together a jigsaw puzzle, you couple both the brain powers.
Brain produces a chemical known as dopamine that is chiefly responsible for learning and memory. The production of this chemical increases in the brain at the time when it is engaged in solving the jigsaw puzzle. Dopamine is released every time we successfully solve a puzzle or even just get one piece in the right place. This encourages us to continue working on solving them and challenging ourselves.
Working on puzzles and solving them provides us with very many helpful benefits. First of all it makes us alert, increases our concentration, expands our creativity. On the other hand, looking at the images constantly helps us practice visualization, which is again good aid for any physical activity that succeeds mental activity. It also affects our physical health by lowering our breath rate, reducing heart rate and blood pressure too.
Lower Stress Levels