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Puzzles Can Help You Solve Other Problems As Well

You can change your perspective on life by solving puzzles. By focusing on solving puzzles, you develop a solution-oriented mindset.

It may sound like rationalization from a puzzle addict who spent thousands of hours solving crosswords, logic problems, jigsaws, and other delightful mental torture.

Having spent the last three years researching puzzles and interviewing dozens of psychologists and researchers, I firmly believe puzzles are not a waste of time.

Puzzles are not frivolous. It’s okay to play Wordle every day or skip the gym to go to an escape room.

Puzzles, on the contrary, teach us how to solve life’s issues, from minor problems personal to world crises. They help us solve life’s big puzzles.

Anger is often a hindrance to solving puzzles.

The real world offers plenty of reasons to be rightfully angry, and outrage can be a powerful motivating force, but I try to counteract my anger with curiosity.

Research shows that solving puzzles can help us develop our views. The deep canvassing method relies on participants asking puzzling questions.

You can only play these popular games if you work together with teammates, each concentrating on their strengths.

A Harvard law professor and behavioral economist, Cass Sunstein, agree with this finding. He has studied methods for bridging liberals and conservatives.

Crossword puzzles were one of the only activities that brought them together.

People who did puzzles were generally more selfless and put society’s good ahead of themselves or their political tribe.

Puzzles help us to be more rigorous thinkers and less affected by emotions. They change how we perceive the world.

Public debate, however, is dominated by motivated reasoning, where changing your mind is deemed shameful.

Finally, the Puzzler Mindset allows us to see the world from various perspectives. It is a crucial aspect of solving puzzles.