The Community Puzzle People
The human mind has two separate hemispheres or lobes called the right and left-brain with each one dealing in different functions. The right brain deals with emotions and performs tasks holistically while the left-brain functions in linear fashion. When you are able to use both sides of the brain, you will find that your mind power is harnessed to its best and gets better. Jigsaw puzzles helps you exercise both the parts of your brain.
The expressive therapists within Springhouse’s activities department thought it would be a great idea to create a rotating community puzzle. While we “thought” it was a good idea, we later learned putting puzzles together has many benefits beyond creating a community activity. 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 harness both the brainpowers.
There have been several studies that has found people who solve jigsaw puzzles were fully active and stood to gain a longer life span and also lesser chances of falling prey to Alzheimer’s, memory loss, dementia and other old age problems.
The 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.
Solving puzzles also makes us alert, increases our concentration and expands our creativity. It also affects our physical health by lowering our breath rate, reducing heart rate and blood pressure too.
You get long lasting benefits out of doing jigsaw puzzles on a daily basis. It not only sharpens your memory, improves your brain function, but the clarity of mind and thought helps you clear out the clutter in your mind. So go ahead, stop by the activity room on the first floor and put a puzzle piece in the community puzzle!