We love that coloring is making a comeback, and we’ve got the GoT and Johanna Basford books to prove it. With scholars spanning the globe obsessed with its brain-stimulating and stress-decreasing properties, it’s not hard to see why it has become a global phenomenon. But coloring isn’t the only good-for-you childhood activity competing for adults’ attention — jigsaw puzzles are back (and you will love the reason why).
According to the MacArthur study, keeping your mind active with various mind-engaging activities like jigsaw puzzles can have a significant impact on your brain. MacArthur found that older people who were engaged in stimulating activities like puzzles had a longer life expectancy, a better quality of life and a reduced chance of developing certain types of mental illness, including Dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss.
So grab your girlfriends for a game night in (with all the trimmings, of course). We aren’t saying you need to completely cut Netflix out of your life — it is all about balance. If you can’t commit to an entire night, maybe have a puzzling break between episodes or have a puzzle going for guests at your office. Happy puzzling!
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