Back in the 70s and 80s, almost every teen had a Rubik's cube and worked the colors on the bus or at recess, between classes or at lunch.
A few years ago, Sudoku puzzles were the fad. Everyone had a book of them and people worked them in doctor's offices, on car rides, and during lunch breaks.
Now the fad is coloring pages. Colored pencils and adult coloring books fly off the shelves to meet a growing demand.
Initially, the two trends may not seem to have much in common, but in both exercises, the brain is highly stimulated and engaged. The same brain activity is active for other hobbies including crosswords, word finds, trivia, spelling quizzes, and word blanks.
Working puzzles is also a great way to stay positive by focusing on a solvable puzzle. According to some residents, coloring has helped to lower blood pressure.
Studies back this us. They show that working puzzles or exercising your brain has long-term benefits, including lowered blood pressure and enhanced memory retention.
So keep that grey matter strong and work puzzles!