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National Puzzle Day

National Puzzle Day

January 29 is National Puzzle Day, the perfect day to do a little brain exercise. Whether it’s a crossword, jigsaw, or Sudoku, puzzles engage our brains in more ways than one. Scientists have discovered that when we work on a jigsaw puzzle, we utilize both sides of the brain, improving memory, cognitive function, and problem-solving skills. By utilizing puzzles, people can stimulate the brain to improve several skills.

National Puzzle Day Timeline

2300 BC
Early Puzzles
Before modern puzzles, labyrinth drawing puzzles were popular in Ancient Egypt.

The First Jigsaw Puzzle
Mapmaker John Spilsbury creates the first jigsaw puzzle.

Puzzle Mania
Puzzles have become a full-blown craze in the United States.

Peak Popularity
During the Great Depression, puzzle sales soared to 10 million per week.

National Puzzle Day Activities

Spend time putting together a jigsaw puzzle
Has an old uncompleted puzzle lain around? Call up a friend and spend time piecing together a puzzle. Extra points for completing your puzzle!
Complete a Sudoku or crossword puzzle
Taking a coffee break? Bust out that handy crossword puzzle or Sudoku booklet.
Use #NationalPuzzleDay on social media
Feeling accomplished after completing your jigsaw, Sudoku, or crossword puzzle? Share it with your online community using #NationalPuzzleDay to encourage people to join in the fun!

Why We Love National Puzzle Day

Recent studies have shown that people who participate in collaborative games, such as puzzles, have higher levels of happiness, and in some cases relaxation, due to their good ol’ fashion fun. A challenging jigsaw puzzle undoubtedly brings out that sense of joy.
Puzzles serve as a sense of accomplishment.
Not just in a personal sense but in a group sense. That feeling of completing the final few pieces of the puzzle with your best friends = is priceless.
It’s a way of stimulating the mind.
Puzzles stimulate the brain, improving numbers and problem-solving skills while keeping it active.

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