There is something very appealing about puzzles. Maybe it’s the challenge of competing with yourself or proving to yourself that you can find the answer or maybe it’s the promise of satisfaction of figuring out the puzzle, but they certainly draw on our cleverness and observational skills. They also sometimes require persistence, just like this hidden picture challenge below. Can you spot the cat amongst all of the owls?
Did you know that working on puzzles reinforces the existing connections between our brain cells and increases the generation of new relationships between them? Both of these benefits enhance our mental quickness and our ability to develop logical connections in thought processes.
In adults, puzzles will accelerate your ingenuity by requiring you to give thought to an issue and test out varying approaches in order to solve the problem. Puzzles necessitate the process of trial and error and require you to formulate theories and then test them. Doing so provides you the benefit of combining your creative faculties with an empirical examination, which often leads to innovation and efficiency in problem-solving.
That feeling of satisfaction when you’ve solved a puzzle is actually a physiological reaction. Puzzles assist our brains in the production of dopamine, a neurotransmitter, by releasing it when you’ve discovered a breakthrough. This neurotransmitter causes improved motoring skills, an increase in concentration power, optimism, confidence, and an enhanced recollection. This next hidden picture challenge is a little more difficult, so brace yourself!
They’re all a little pudgy and have buggy eyes, but once you find Pete you’ll be amazed that you didn’t find him sooner. There he is, near the bottom-middle of the photo. How fast did you find the two animals? If you didn’t, don’t feel bad – at least you exercised your brain a little!
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