Reading offers benefits to your health and your happiness. There is scientific evidence that it can make you feel better. Getting in the habit can make a difference.
“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”
― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
Why you should read every day:
- Your brain – reading stimulates your brain, keeping it active. Like your body, your brain needs exercise too and reading fits the bill. It boasts your brain power and improves your memory. The act of keeping track of characters, plot lines, etc. can actually create new brain pathways which help your memory. And reading can reduce your chance of getting Alzheimer’s by 2.5% a study found.
- Intelligence – acquiring more knowledge is never a bad thing. Having more information increases your ability to handle situations at work and in your daily life. It can improve your critical thinking skills. In addition, you might add new words to your vocabulary. All of this can make your smarter.
- It’s fun – Reading can make you happy because it’s enjoyable. There’s nothing better than a well written story that excites your imagination. Good stories can teach you about other people, cultures and make you laugh. Remember when you were a kid and you’d devour a book and love it. You still can.
- Reduce your stress – when you’re engrossed in a book, you’re focus on something other than yourself and your problems. It can take you to another world, a different time and that can reduce your level of stress and help you relax.
- Improve your sleep – we all need it and reading may just help you sleep better. Instead of using the television to put you to sleep, turn it off and pick up a book. It will relax you and help you fall asleep.
So every day take a few minutes to read. Your brain and your body will be happy you did! Enjoy.
“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.” Anna Quindlen, How Reading Changed My Life