BooksSummer is winding down and school buses are back on their routes. Perhaps now you have an hour to yourself during the day or time when the kids are doing homework? Challenge yourself to pick up a book. Not only does it set a good example for your family, there are at least 10 other benefits proven to come from reading.

  1. Reading is inspirational. Surround yourself with authors, stories and characters that motivate you to be braver, take a chance, try something new or learn a new skill. Pick up the Dalai Lama’s The Art of Happiness for perfecting a positive outlook, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird for how a role model who fights for what he believes in or JK Rowling’s Harry Potter Series to be inspired by a girl who never backs down from a challenge.
  2. Reading reduces stress. Ease tension while you take a walk in someone else’s shoes or follow someone else’s thoughts. It’s like a mini vacation for your brain.
  3. Reading increases your cultural knowledge. Travel to an exotic location, explore the mystery of history, experience a climb up Mt Everest with or without oxygen. And, you don’t have to pay for a plane ticket.
  4. Reading is exercise for your brain. You’ve heard it before: your brain is a muscle. The more you use it in a focussed way, the stronger it is and the longer it will last.
  5. Reading improves concentration and focus. Unlike skimming a website or searching social media, reading a book forces your attention to the story and the rest of the world fades away. Reading can help productivity in other areas of your life as well as staving off diseases such as Alzheimer’s in the future.
  6. Reading is free entertainment. Check out your local library for endless possibilities that will capture your imagination and soothe your soul.
  7. Reading makes you smarter. It’s been proven that reading increases your vocabulary, assists your critical thinking and helps you refine your writing skills. It also gives you something interesting to talk about with your friends, family and coworkers.
  8. Reading can shape your personality. Studies have shown that reading romance novels can make you more empathetic and mystery novels can make you more observant and curious. And, who ever read Pippi Longstocking and didn’t want to take off and be adventurous or a little bit mischievous!
  9. Reading is contagious. Just watch, if you are reader, those around you will be more inclined to pick up a book too and they will reap the same benefits as you.
  10. Reading is fun. We can’t all sail the seven seas, live like royalty, time travel or take a journey in a hot air balloon, but we can with a great book. Set off on a new adventure today. There are no limits to where you can go!