If I have one addiction, it has to be reading. I’ve mentioned before that some of my first memories are of my mother reading books to me and my sisters and brothers at night. It’s not surprising that I became a dedicated reader at a very young age.
I’m still a dedicated reader, even though I spend hours every day writing. Lucky for me, reading is a good thing to be hooked on. Sleep experts say that if you read before you go to bed, you’re more likely to let go of your stresses and sleep well with a peaceful mind. According to this online article, this only works with a print book, but I don’t agree. I read print books, and I also read ebooks. But my ereader is a Kindle 3, and the first three Kindles have “the same sharp typeface and high contrast that reads like ink on paper with no eyestrain.”
Other pluses the article mentions is that reading boosts your brain power and helps fight off Alzheimer’s. It makes you more empathetic. It relaxes you (by as much as 68%!) and you learn new things by reading. And reading can be contagious. If an adult reads to children, the children are more likely to read. (That was not the case with my son, nor was it for my older brother or two sisters. However, a couple of years ago, my older brother started reading fiction for enjoyment, so it just took him longer.)
One of my favorite reading benefits is that fictional stories take me into worlds I’ve never been before and opens my mind, sometimes changing my thoughts. And sometimes just making me think and feel – which is what I hope to achieve with my books.
Here’s a favorite quote on reading:
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ~Dr. Seuss
What’s your favorite reading benefit?