LET’S GET READING …
Can you remember the last time you read a book? I can, this morning, yesterday and the day before etc, etc. You get the idea. I read every day. I can’t remember a day when I’ve not picked up a book to read, whether the subject was motivational or a novel reading is something I simply cannot live without.
If you’re one of the many people, and there are many out there, who don’t make a habit of reading regularly, you could be missing out. Reading has a significant number of benefits, and below I’ve listed several for you to consider.
Studies have shown that staying mentally stimulated can slow the progress of (or possibly even prevent) Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Keeping your brain active and engaged is important as we age. Just like any other muscle in the body, the brain requires exercise to keep it strong and healthy, so the phrase “use it or lose it” is particularly something to remember when it comes to your mind.
It works for me. No matter how much stress I have in your life, it all just slips away when I lose myself in a great story. Novels can transport readers on exciting journeys just as interesting articles can create a desire to share ideas with others.
Everything you read fills your head with new information, and you never know when it might come in handy. The more knowledge you have, the better-equipped you are to tackle any challenge you may face.
The more you read, the more words you learn, and they often make their way into your everyday vocabulary. A perfect way to boost self-esteem.
When you read a book, you have to remember all the characters, their backgrounds, how they look, their history, and their personalities. You also have to follow the plot and sub-plots that weave their way through the story. It’s a lot to remember, but isn’t it wonderful how our brain can remember all these things with comparative ease.
I read, every new memory you create forges new synapses – brain pathway and strengthens existing ones. This assists our short-term memory recall and can stabilise moods.
In our internet-crazed world, our attention is drawn in a million different directions at once. When you read a book, all your attention is focused on the story—the rest of the world just falls away, and you can immerse yourself in the details within the story.
I also read, reading can lower blood pressure and bring about a sense of calm. I know this from personal experience, while reading self-help books has been shown to help people suffering from anxieties.
There’s a reading genre for every literate person on the planet, and whether your tastes lie in classical literature, poetry, fashion magazines, biographies, religious texts, young adult books, self-help guides, street lit, or romance novels, there’s something out there to capture your curiosity and imagination.
Why not share your time with a book? Why not add to your knowledge and your memory? Even it’s only for a short time, why not soothe your soul. Let’s get reading.