When was the last time you read a book cover to cover? Because we are bombarded with so many easy and mindless ways to obtain news and entertainment today, it’s easy to forget about setting aside time for reading. Television, movies, the internet, and social media provide information and entertainment – both good and bad – and can use up time that could be spent reading.
Reading provides mental stimulation. Studies have shown that staying mentally stimulated – keeping the brain active and engaged – can slow the progress of, or possibly prevent, Alzheimer’s and dementia. Just like any other muscle in the body, the brain requires exercise to keep it strong and healthy.
Reading relieves stress. Losing yourself in a great book provides stress relief by providing a brief “escape” from reality and day-to-day demands. It’s relaxing, too!
Reading also expands our vocabulary. The more we read, the more words we are exposed to that find a way into everyday vocabulary. Being articulate and well spoken can increase confidence and boost self-esteem.
Reading improves memory. Stories can involve numerous and complex characters and relationships. Our brains must work to keep track of the details. Every new memory created while reading strengthens and forges new synapses assisting in short term memory.
Reading improves focus and concentration. The fast pace of society today often requires us to quickly move from one task to another, and even to multi-task. Reading is an opportunity to focus on one activity and help us detach from the world around us. Reading for as little as 15 to 20 minutes per day can improve your focus and concentration when you return to the daily grind.
What’s on your “books to read” list?!
We recommend Chasing Better by Corey Baker…