Why Jigsaw Puzzles are so Important in the Age of Technology

Ever wanted to free yourself from the clutches of your mobile phone, but don't know how to break the habit? Here's a thought: try a jigsaw puzzle!

Jigsaw puzzles have been around since the 1760s when a London map-maker wanted to familiarise his pupils with the geography of their own country. And some of the art pieces used by Rest In Pieces pre-date even the 18th century! You know...before phone technology and blue screens were a thing. 

Completing a jigsaw puzzle is a fun way to disconnect from your phone and immerse yourself in something creative that will both challenge and relax you at the same time. They keep our brains active and are great for kids too! This is because they enhance our problem-solving skills through forcing our minds into developing a structured method of problem-solving. 

Additionally, they're great at helping us prevent short-term memory loss and improving focus. Scientists have discovered a correlation between jigsaws and other problem-solving activities in delaying brain deterioration in elderly age. Therefore, the newfound brain activity stimulated by jigsaws actually helps stimulate the growth of new nerve cells, and strengthens the existing neuronal pathways we already possess. 

Blooming Colour Jigsaw Puzzle

We recommend tapping into deep levels of concentration on this
1000-piece Round Mandala Jigsaw Puzzle.

And for anyone that's ever done a jigsaw before, you've probably noticed an uplift in your mood after spending time on completing it. That rewarding feeling you experience every time two pieces come together triggers the brain to release dopamine: a feel good neurotransmitter. And who doesn't want to feel good?

Therein lies the magic of jigsaw puzzles: they simultaneously make you feel good, become smarter, and keep you entertained without the need to strain your eyes staring at a screen for hours.

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