How often do you get to sit down and read a book? If you’re like most people, reading can be a hard activity to make time for in a busy world filled with home responsibilities, social media activity and work obligations. However, squeezing in a few minutes a day for reading can do wonders for your body, mind and spirit; read on to learn how!
3 Benefits of Reading
- Reading Boosts Your Body’s Natural Functions
Want to kick start your body and mind? Pick up a book! According to Real Simple, “Just like going for a jog exercises your cardiovascular system, reading regularly improves memory function by giving your brain a good work out. With age comes a decline in memory and brain function, but regular reading may help slow the process, keeping minds sharper longer.”
You’d better believe it, reading can help improve your memory and reduce the likelihood of brain disease as you age. “Frequent brain exercise was able to lower mental decline by 32 percent,” reports The Huffington Post.
- Reading Deepens Your Senses and Promotes Empathy
The more the read, the better in touch with yourself you become. By exposing your mind to a wide variety of life experiences, you gain a greater understanding of the world around you and may find it easier to relate to others with different backgrounds. For children and adults alike, reading is an essential skill that improves the quality of relationships you cultivate throughout the rest of your life.
- Reading Helps Reduce Stress
Is your life a constant whirlwind of responsibilities? Take a breather by opening up a book. Reading is known to reduce stress and anxiety, allowing your mind to drift away from the problems at hand. Lifehack explains, “A well-written novel can transport you to other realms, while an engaging article will distract you and keep you in the present moment, letting tensions drain away and allowing you to relax.”
If you want to take advantage of the wonderful benefits reading offers your body and mind, pick up a book today. My latest title, The Mystery of Time is Who You Are, is now available! Check it out on Amazon and let me know what you think. Happy reading!