Puzzles and the Brain!
Ways to “puzzle” may continue to change throughout history, but one thing is for certain: research confirms that engaging in a variety of “puzzling” activities can be extremely healthy for the mind.
Take for instance the benefits of crossword puzzles, Sudoku games, and the 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzles that your family pieces together during the holidays (does that even happen anymore??). Research shows that regular puzzling like this can help stave off certain neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and dementia. And no matter what age you are now, it’s never too early to start thinking about your brain’s health.
Puzzles Throughout History
Puzzles have always been a part of human history. The Egyptians played with critical thinking concepts with their painted hieroglyphics on the walls of their Egyptian tombs. In Greece, Greeks loved to play dice and puzzle games. When the Parthenon was restored, guess what was adorning the walls? More than 50 different games!
The most famous combination puzzle out there (and one of the best-selling toys of all time!) is the Rubik’s Cube. Can you believe that more than 350 million cubes have been sold? The Rubik’s Cube was created in 1974 by a Hungarian architecture professor named Erno Rubik, hence the name. If you’re someone who has one, have you ever been able to crack it? I know I can’t!
Even though time continues to move forward, and we’ve just welcomed in 2018, the art of puzzling will never go out of style. In fact, one of the most popular forms of entertainment nowadays (Escape Rooms) has everything to do with solving puzzles! Escape rooms offer up a way to entertain your brain in a “puzzle-y” way. You and your group will be placed into a themed room where you need to solve a series of puzzles in order to escape the room! And you only have 60 minutes to do it! The only question now is… Do YOU have what it takes to escape an Escape Room??