Many understand the benefits of reading to children - it promotes "bonding" time, improves cognitive development and IQ scores, and is enjoyable for both the child and the reader. But how many adults see the same benefits in reading for themselves? And more importantly, how many actually take the time to do it on a regular basis? Studies have shown that 1 in 4 adults didn't read a single book last year and there are always the standard list of excuses... Not enough time, too tired to after work, have too many household chores to do, would rather watch television, etc..
But did you know there are actual health benefits associated with reading a book? Consider this:
Reading improves a healthy escape from the stresses and anxiety of daily life.
Reading is a great tool to keep your brain active and "tuned up" in an effort to ward off conditions such as Alzheimer's.
Reading is a great way to expand your horizons, to "visit" places in your mind.
Reading can help adults to improve their vocabulary, spelling and comprehension skills in much the same way as it helps children, proving that you can teach an old dog new tricks! It's never too late to learn if you remain teachable.
Reading helps you learn more about yourself and improve areas of your life you'd like to change - especially self-help book (aka the Bible).
Reading is a good activity to engage in while you exercise - killing two birds with one stone and making that treadmill far more enjoyable.
Picking up a good book may relax you and make you better informed! Knowledge is power!
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