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I’m not entirely sure what goes on in my brain when I work on a jigsaw puzzle, but I do know there is something uniquely engrossing about it. As Marisa Evans reports for , the slow gathering and careful study of a pile of pieces serves as a form of “play therapy.” By creating order out of chaos, puzzlers arguably experience a mini triumph over (albeit manufactured) anxiety. Puzzling also reportedly delivers a tactile, focused lesson in patience.

I realize this is old news to anyone who has either been puzzling for years or reignited the instinct when social distancing…


For many, puzzling gives order to the chaos we feel right now

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Danielle Levanas is on a puzzle streak.

Thanks to social distancing, the creative arts therapist has been holed up at home in Los Angeles with her husband and toddler since March. Between working at home and spending time with family in the last couple of months, she’s done five jigsaw puzzles of 1,000 pieces so far. Levanas enjoyed doing puzzles as a child, but amid the pandemic, her love of puzzles has blossomed even more.

“There’s nothing to be ashamed about [when it comes to doing] puzzles, but I probably wouldn’t be sharing how much I’m enjoying doing puzzles if…

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