Thursday, January 14, 2016

Four Reasons Why You Should Be Reading

One of my New Year’s resolutions is to read thirty books this year and to watch less TV. Many people forget what it is like to shut out the world and curl up and read a good book. In a study done on 1,000 U.S. adults 28% of them had not read one book at all in the past year. I can’t even imagine. I love reading. Below are four reasons why.
Four Reasons Why You Should Be Reading
Reading Can Chill You Out.
Feeling stressed out after a long day? Sit down and read a book. Reading is a great way to overcome stress. Reading allows you to relax and take your mind off stressful things. Whenever I am having a bad day I pick up a book and get to reading and within minutes I forget all about my worries from the day.
It Can Keep Your Brain Sharp.
It is true! There was a study done with 294 participants. The study found that those who engaged in reading, earlier and later on in life experienced slower memory decline compared to those who didn't. Not only is reading great fun it is also proven to help keep your brain sharp.
Reading Can Help You Sleep Better.
How many of you watch tv before you go to bed? Now, how many of you that said yes have trouble sleeping? Bright lights and lights from electronic devices give signals to the brain that it is time to wake up. Reading under a dim light before bed could help you sleep better. Turning off electronics and reading under a dim light an hour before you go to bed could make a whole world of difference in your sleeping routine.
Getting Lost In A Good Book Makes You Empathetic.
There was a study done in the Netherlands that showed that people who were "emotionally transported" by a book experienced boosts in empathy. Reading about a great story or a powerful character is good for you!

Here are some of my favorite reasons that you should pick up a good book today and start reading. 

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