I loved to read a book and had been a prolific reader all my life until a couple of years ago when my interest waned. My main excuse? I felt too tired! Sleepiness overwhelmed me whenever I tried to concentrate on a book.
Desperate and despondent, I saw a new optometrist. She diagnosed severe cataracts. A few months, a bit of surgery and new spectacles and I’m a new woman. Not reading much for a couple of years had taken an enormous toll, but I’m back!
Everyone knows that reading to babies and children is good for them. But reading for ourselves also has enormous benefits. It’s part of our process of lifelong learning. You can read my blog about that here.
Ten reasons to read a book every day
- We can read for entertainment and enjoyment. Reading is fun.
- Reading exercises our minds and keeps our brains active and stimulated. The brain in like our muscles which need to be kept strong and healthy through work and practice. Reading may even help to prevent or slow the progress of dementia.
- Reading can distract the mind from problems at work or in the family. Absorption in a good book helps the tensions drain away.
- All books in any genre provide information and knowledge about different subjects and material we might not otherwise come across.
- Reading a book improves the memory, especially when repeated often. To read a book means that we must keep a variety of facts, ideas and nuances in our memories. Each new memory creates new synapses or pathways in our brains. Existing pathways become stronger. This helps maintain our short-term memories for everyday use.
- Reading improves our focus and concentration. Unlike other reading, when we read a book, we become immersed in the task.
- Like any hobby, reading can be relaxing.
- Critical thinking skills improve the more we read. This helps us to process information and make better decisions.
- Books improve our vocabularies because they expose us to new, more or different words.
- Reading improves our self-confidence and makes us better communicators and more sociable. We become more informed on a range of subjects. We develop new ideas and sharper ways to express them.
- Books can keep our minds flexible if we chose to read from different genres and across fiction and non-fiction.
Make reading a habit
If you are not already a reader, now is a good time to make reading a book an every-day habit. Here are some of suggestions.
- Books provide a way to relax and settle for the night. We’re told that electronic equipment in the bedroom affects the quality of sleep. Books offer a safe and easy alternative to too much electronic exposure. What better than to settle for the night with a good book?
- Another alternative might be to read a book during the commute to and from work.
- If you eat lunch alone, read!
Books can be free entertainment. Borrow from your local library. Take part in book-swaps via little street libraries and similar schemes. Some cafés even have a shelf with books to swap. Be open to the possibilities to enjoy this simple and and complex pastime.
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