Reading is more than something we do for work, or a hobby for pleasure. Reading offers a multitude of health benefits including (but not limited to):
- Gives muscle to your memory.
- Keeps your brain young.
- Reduces stress
- Boosts your vocabulary.
- improves empathy
And don’t think you have to go out and buy Shakespeare’s volumes to get these benefits. “It really doesn’t matter what book you read, by losing yourself in a thoroughly engrossing book you can escape from the worries and stresses of the everyday world and spend a while exploring the domain of the author’s imagination,” study researcher Dr. David Lewis told The Telegraph.
Your challenge is to hit the bookstore and find a book, any genre, that interests you and take the time to read every day. Scheduling reading time is a great way to ensure you make the time every day. Maybe it’s 15 minutes first thing in the morning, or during coffee break, or for an hour before bed; ensure you take the time every day for a little ready.
I know that I need to get better about reading for pleasure and putting down the homework, work, and textbooks for a little fun reading.