National Read a Book Day is observed annually on September 6, just in time for when the kids head back to school! But did you know there are benefits to reading, besides the entertainment?
Reading a book reduces stress! According to a 2009 study by the University of Sussex, reading for just six minutes can reduce stress levels by up to 68%.
Reading enhances your memory! When you read a new book, you’re creating new memories, thus helping your memory-muscles! Now you’ll be able to remember the kid’s schedules, where you put your keys and every item on your grocery list – just kidding. But reading won’t hurt your memory.
Reading helps your writing skills! Every time you read a book, you learn new vocabulary and writing styles. A study from the University of California, Riverside explains that the author’s writing style will inevitably rub off on your own skills. Say hello to this generation’s Ernest Hemmingway!
And most obviously, reading helps enhance your intelligence! Everything you read has a takeaway, whether it be a Science Journal or fictional books – there’s a lesson to be learned.
“Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic.” – Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
So grab a book, put your feet up and relax!