We all love a good puzzle. Be it in the shape of a maze or a word-twisting statement – we love solving puzzles. Everyone has come across this problem-solving game in their childhood.
Even adults pursuing it as a hobby. It doesn’t matter if it’s a math puzzle or blocks or simple wooden or cardboard puzzle, as long they are solving puzzling problems.
I can even name one personality who’s a favorite hobby is puzzle solving. He’s none other than Wolverine, Hugh Jackman. You can check on his Instagram profile where you would find him solving his Wentworth wooden puzzles. Recently he just completed the Vincent Van Gogh puzzle which took him 4 months.
Even I have some childhood memories related to puzzles. My first puzzle was a dinosaur puzzle. I am pretty sure you have the same kind of memories too related to puzzles. So, let’s be a little nostalgic today and relive them again.
Here I’ll tell you how puzzles can improve your mental capabilities like problem-solving skills, planning, and strategy, eye-hand coordination, concentration. Even puzzles can increase productivity at work.
The Power of Puzzle
When you are solving a puzzle, you come across a lot of challenging situations – whether it’s a picture puzzle, Sudoku or crosswords. In order to solve these problems, you develop a strong problem-solving skill in this period.
As the level of difficulty increases, the problem-solving skill gets sharper and more versatile. It promotes logical and thinking skills in a child. That’s the reason why in most of day care centers and creches you will find puzzle games. You will be surprised to know that when you are solving a puzzle a lot of processes are happening in our brain. These include:
- Perceptually recognizing a problem.
- Representing the problem in memory.
- Considering relevant information that applies to the current problem.
- Identify different aspects of the problem.
- Labeling and describing the problem
So, find a puzzle book or a cube or similar things like that without wasting time.
Planning and strategy
You can’t imagine even your single day without planning or strategy. So, this makes it a very important skill in our day to day life. The more polished and refined it is easier it is for a person to handle a number of stressful situations.
At workplaces, strategic planning is one of the most sought-after skills for managers. Moreover, planning gives clarity. Clarity is key as you have to be clear about your objectives and what you want to achieve.
Puzzles play a big role in refining and polishing these skills. Not just for adults introducing a child to puzzles is good too as it increases their skills.
The child has to be able to strategize how all the parts fit together to form the whole picture. This requires concentration, focus, reasoning, and memory; by using all of these his thinking skills are being developed.
Maybe you have heard gamers or artists have good hand-eye coordination, but they are not the only ones. Puzzles have the power to improve your hand-eye coordination too as while solving a puzzle, the child has to manipulate the pieces and their hands, eyes, and fingers have to work together in a direction to solve the puzzle.
Position and direction are used as part of fine sensory-motor co-ordination as well as visual discrimination. He has to identify the shape, color, and size of the pieces in order to correctly match the pieces together.
Concentration and productivity
To solve a puzzle, whether it be a picture puzzle or sudoku, simple crosswords or a mathematical one you have to be very precise and sincere to convert your efforts into success. To achieve this kind of precision, concentration is a must as without it you can’t achieve much.
As soon as you put a wrong number in sudoku or a wrong piece in your cardboard puzzle it can turn it from upside down. And I am sure you don’t like a dinosaur with tail on its head as it really looks pathetic.
So, while doing these activities your concentration improves a lot. From concentration comes better productivity. Concentration means the power to focus all your attention on one single objective. And it’s this single-minded attention that can help boost productivity and improve your ability to learn, to remember, and to recall information far more quickly and easily.
So, if you reached this far by reading all the facts that you know about puzzles then I am definitely sure you understood the power of puzzles which I want to convey in this blog. So, go to your nearest store, or order it on Amazon or just solve sudoku in the everyday newspaper. Just get back to solving puzzles and improving your mental capabilities. Till then cheers and keep exploring yourself with Brainpundits.