This week’s Balance Your Life™ tip focuses on the benefits of incorporating reading into your life every day!
Reading: most of us know that it’s something we should all be doing… but the question is: WHY should we all be reading every day? Below are some quick reasons why:
Stay sharp: The biggest advantage to staying mentally stimulated through reading is that studies have shown it can slow the progress and possibly even prevent Alzheimer’s and Dementia. The brain is a muscle, and the same as any other muscle in your body, exercise keeps it strong and healthy!
Reduce stress: Reading is a great distraction; whether you’re losing yourself in a great story or learning about something new, reading detracts you away from the days stresses and allows you to focus on something else.
Knowledge is power: There really is some power in “the more you know”! You should aim to learn something new every day.
Expand your vocabulary: The more you read, the more words you gain exposure to, which allows you to articulate things better and become well-spoken. This is beneficial for everyone, regardless of what field you work in.
Memory Improvement: When you read a book, you have to remember a set of characters, their backgrounds, ambitions, history as well as follow the plot of the story that you are reading. All of these activities serve to strengthen your memory skills. (Maybe the next time you go into the kitchen, you’ll remember what for when you get there!)
Analytical Thinking: Have you ever read a “whodunnit” page turner and figured out the mystery before you even finished the book? This is a perfect example of putting critical and analytical thinking skills to work and focusing on the details. This skill can be applied to your work as well.
Free entertainment: Now, I know what some of you are saying… “books cost money”. But, they don’t have to! Tune in Friday for “Appy Friday” and I’ll tell you how you can get books for FREE (aside from the library of course!)
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