Reasons to Read

1. Stress relief. When reading, we’re involved in the writer’s world and creating our own visuals for their words. While being immersed, you are taken away from your own issues and problems; thus, reading can be a healthy escape.

2. Gaining insight. Reading helps us learn about other peoples’ experiences as a way to learn how to navigate our own.

3. Improved cognitive health. Studies have shown that reading can stimulate the brain by increasing blood flow and bringing in more oxygen. When done on a regular basis, reading also helps prevent memory loss, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease.

4. Creativity boosts. For those who are inspired by the work and writing of others, reading helps provide inspiration.

5. Increased vocabulary. There are many ways to say the same thing, and the more words youÕre exposed to, the more you can express yourself more accurately or differently.

6. Minimized loneliness. Studies have shown that for those living alone, especially elders, reading enables feelings of connection.