When was the last time you picked up a book and read?

When I was a child I loved to read. I would read in my sleep. I was into The babysitter’s club books and Ramona Quimby Collection by Beverly Cleary the whole series. Some or many of you might not know about these books. I was listening to the radio show this morning and this topic was brought up. Now you might know more of the Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling series or Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James.

Did you know that reading a helps stimulate the brain? Not only does it help your brain, but it also makes you smarter. As we age our brain ages too. We lose memory brain function. Reading helps to slow that process down. Reading 20 minutes a day is all it takes. Of course, if you read longer it’s better.

The following are benefits of reading:

  1. Mental Stimulation. Reading helps overall brain function and can increase memory. It’s kind of like a brain vitamin. Reading helps preserve your memory.

  2. Helps you get smarter. Reading helps you get smarter. Many people read novels and research shows that reading not only helps your intelligence, but your reading comprehension as well. Your emotional intelligence will grow, too!

  3. It Expands your Vocabulary. As a child, you start reading as early as 5 years old. It mainly starts when a child is in kindergarten. In some cases, children learn to read at an earlier age. Nowadays ABC mouse exists and Noggin applications that help children read at an early age. The more you read the more your vocabulary expands. Reading exposes us to obtain more ideas and expand our language usage.

  4. Better Writing Skills. When you read it helps you to be a better writer. Writing is an art in and of itself. Reading can inspire you to write in a journal, a letter, a report, or even to blog. Next time you read a book, write about it! Write the important parts you remember or your favorite parts.

Grab a book and start reading today! I sure will. I will definitely start to read more. Get a book that is interesting to you. Start with small books and work your way up. Read 15-20 minutes a day with your children. Make it a daily habit and be an example for your children. The more they see you read the more inspired they will be to read also. Keep books at home so they can pick up a book and read and not run to their phones or tablets.


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