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Puzzles and Creativity

I enjoy doing puzzles. But I must confess I don’t do enough of them. While there is so much information that tells us that keeping our brains active in this way is a great way to keep dementia away, puzzles are very good for improving creativity too.

Puzzles are a lot of fun to solve and to boost your creativity at the same time. Brain-stimulating games like sudoko, anagrams, crossword puzzles, Rubik’s cube and even jigsaw puzzles, help you to look for solutions from various perspectives. Exercising your mind in this way, helps you to approach situations from different angles, and you become open to new ideas and concepts. This naturally, improves your creativity.

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Some resources and puzzles

I love Edward de Bono’s work. I found his whole concept of lateral thinking so fascinating.

He describes lateral thinking as

  • seeking to solve problems by apparently illogical means
  • a process and willingness to look at things in a different way
  • a relatively new type of thinking that complements analytical and critical thinking not part of our mainstream education – yet
  • a fast, effective tool used to help individuals, companies and teams solve tough problems and create new ideas, new products, new processes and new services.
  • a term that is used interchangeably with creativity.

You’ll find plenty of lateral thinking puzzles here.

A while ago I shared with you information about Ruth Curran’s book  ‘Being Brain Healthy.  Ruth has some great puzzles on her blog  – try out this word puzzle.

I love working puzzles like this out. Let’s see how many of the six you get right.

1.

KNEE
____________
LIGHT

2.

W
O
R
H
T

3.
MAN
____________
BOARD

4.

OATH
_____________
UR

5.

CRAZY
________
YOU

6.

0
__________________
PhD
M.A
B.Sc.

I hope you enjoyed giving your mind a workout and increasing your creativity too.

While I would encourage comments, if you get these puzzles right  you might spoil the experience for someone else. So comment – but send me your responses via the contact form.

12 Comments

  1. Bharathy Jayaraman Bharathy Jayaraman November 25, 2015

    Sorry for the delayed reply. I saw it just now. I do not think i am correct in most of this. I am just assuming.

    1. neon light
    2.
    3. Man over board
    4. you are under oath
    5. crazy over you.
    6. 3 degrees below 0

    • Alan Collaco Alan Collaco October 11, 2016

      You are right. The second one is throw up. Alan

  2. nan nan November 10, 2015

    I’m not wild about puzzles but I do love crosswords, scrabble and the like!

  3. Vishal Bheeroo Vishal Bheeroo November 8, 2015

    Thanks for the share. I am so tempted to try my hands at them.

  4. Parul Parul November 8, 2015

    I love solving puzzles. You are right. Like the body needs exercise our brain needs too. De bono’s concept is awesome. It’s important to think from other perspectives and be open to ideas. What a fun post! Enjoyed reading it.

  5. Liv Liv November 8, 2015

    I love a good puzzle! I got a few of them…but not all.

  6. Cathy Chester Cathy Chester November 8, 2015

    I’ve loved Ruth for awhile now and she is a genius about puzzles and brain health. Now I see you love puzzles and brain health too so I’m thrilled to be getting to know you. This was a marvelous post, Corinne. Thank you so much for writing it!

  7. Connie Keller Connie Keller November 8, 2015

    I love puzzles too–everything from jigsaws to word puzzles to Sudoku to logic puzzles. Such fun. I think they help coax the mind to ponder things in new ways.

  8. Mahathi Ramya Mahathi Ramya November 7, 2015

    I love puzzles too, but I love Maths puzzles more than Rubik’s cube and jigsaw. I like solving sudoku, word cross puzzles and maths puzzles like the ones from Shakuntala Devi’s book.

  9. Nancy Hill ( Nancy Hill ( November 7, 2015

    I love puzzles of all kinds! And I love Ruth’s book. The lateral thinking concept intrigues me, and I have to follow up now with research, as I have always heard that the brain hemisphere connector, the corpus callosum, that allows cross hemisphere or lateral cross-talk, is thicker in women.

  10. Ruth Curran Ruth Curran November 7, 2015

    Thank you for the shout out and the challenge! I have to admit, I did not get most!!! YIKES! It is the process and the brain work that counts, right :)!

  11. Ramya Ramya November 7, 2015

    I love puzzles too. MOre the Jigsaw puzzle kinds. I recently attempted a 1000 piece Jigsaw puzzle. I did manage to complete it… though it took me almost 3 months… 🙂

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