- Exercise both the left and right brain at once. Your left brain is logical whilst your right brain is creative. Did you know Bill Gates is an avid jigsaw puzzler?
- Improve short-term memory. Doing a jigsaw puzzle strengthens connections between brain cells and improves memory.
- Improve your visual-spatial reasoning. When you do a jigsaw puzzle, you look at small pieces to figure out where they’ll fit in the bigger picture. Improving spatial reasoning, will also help you with driving a car, and learning new skills.
- Great meditation tool and stress reliever. Focusing on one image for a long time, without extraneous thoughts, is meditation. The stress of everyday life evaporates and is replaced by a sense of peace that lowers your blood pressure.
- Timeless way to connect with family. Starting a jigsaw puzzle in the living room or kitchen is an invitation for the whole family to join in whilst working together towards a shared goal.
- Also great for when you need some quiet alone time. Interestingly, jigsaw puzzles are also great for when you need some quiet alone time, away from social media, away from distracting screens.
- You’ll live longer. Studies show that people who regularly do jigsaw puzzles have longer life spans with less chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease or dementia according to the Archives of Neurology. The study compared brain scans of 75-year-olds to 25-year-olds. The elderly people who regularly did jigsaw puzzles had brain scans comparable to 25 -year-olds.