Reading transports us to worlds we would never see, introduces us to people we would never meet, and instills emotions we might never otherwise feel. It also provides an array of health benefits. Here are ten reasons you should be reading more books.
Reading relieves stress. Reading has been found to be the most effective way to reduce stress in everyday life. More than going for a walk or listening to music. A study was conducted in 2009 by Mindlab International at the University of Sussex. They studied a group of volunteers, measuring and evaluating heart rates and muscle tension to find that their stress levels were significantly reduced (by 68%) after only six minutes of reading a book.
Reading sets an example. Modeling reading for your kids is far more valuable than simply prescribing a set reading time for them each day.
Self-help reading can help relieve depression. These books help remind you that change is possible. They fill you with hope.
Reading improves memory. The act of reading helps to heighten overall brain function and increase memory
Reading can help keep your brain sharp as you age.
Reading stimulates creativity. By reading books you are able to see things from different perspectives which broadens your mind.
Reading enhances vocabulary. Reading books expands your mind and not only does it introduce you to new words, it reminds you of words you already know but haven’t used in a while.
Reading increases empathy. Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. What better way to improve that skill than by reading from someone else’s point of view?
Reading may help you sleep better. Reading allows your muscles to relax and slows down your breathing, leaving you feeling calmer and more relaxed.
Reading is fun.
To feed these 10 reasons, stop by your local Lincoln County Library System. We would be happy to assist you in finding a book you will enjoy.