50 Ways to Stay Well #11 – Reading

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.

RESOURCES

University of Lethbridge Library

Chinook Arch Library

Free E-Books

ARTICLES

6 Science-Backed Reasons To Go Read A Book Right Now

10 Benefits of Reading: Why You Should Read Every Day

Reading and mental stimulation linked to slower cognitive decline, study suggests

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