Summer is officially here, and as the dry warm heat settles in, not only do we find ourselves doing more activities but it is also a time to sit back and really enjoy the sun…and a good book. Reading could be exactly what you need this summer to improve your overall health! Here are some key points to why you might want to make a little more time to read this summer.

Stimulates the mind

“Studies have shown that staying mentally stimulated can slow the progress of (or possibly even prevent) Alzheimer’s and Dementia, since keeping your brain active and engaged prevents it from losing power.”

Acquire knowledge

– everything you read fills your head with new bits of information, and you never know when it might come in handy. The more knowledge you have, the better-equipped you are and the more able you become to tackle challenges.”

Expand your Vocabulary

“Studies have shown that people who are well-read, well-spoken, and knowledgeable on a variety of topics tend to get promotions more quickly, and more often than those with smaller vocabularies or who lack of awareness of literature, scientific breakthroughs and global events.”

Sharpen Writing Skills

“Observing the various styles of other authors, journalists, poets, and writers will eventually be reflect improved style in your own writing style.”

 Improves Critical and Analytical Thinking

“The ability to analyze details comes in handy when it comes to critiquing the plot, determining whether it was a well-written piece, if the characters were properly developed, if the story-line ran smoothly, etc. Should you ever have an opportunity to discuss the book with others, you’ll be able to state your opinions clearly, as you’ve taken the time to really consider all the aspects involved.”

Improves Memory

“Reading requires you to have to remember characters and plot details. Amazingly enough, every new memory you create forges new synapses (brain pathways) and strengthens existing ones, which assists in short-term memory recall.”

Boosts Concentration

“Studies have shown that in a single 5-minute span, the average person will divide their time between working on a task, checking email, chatting with a couple of people (via online chat and/or in person), keeping an eye on social media and monitoring their smartphone. This type of behavior in which we are constantly distracted causes stress levels to rise and lowers our productivity. While reading a book, however, all of your attention is focused on the story.”

Feeds your imagination

“Allowing your mind to explore a new literary world opens the door of new ideas, subjects and situations that can get you thinking on trying new experiences.”

Reduces stress

“A nice novel can help distract you, while an interesting article can slip your mind out of your problems of that present moment. All allow you to relax and release any tension, especially if you’re reading a subject you are personally interested in.”

So what are you reading this summer? Personally I am reading 1412 A Long History of China. Fascinating.

Thank you Lifehack and Health Fitness Revolution for the insights

Photo Source: here

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.