Weekly Wellness: Reading is healthy

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COLUMBIA - From an early age, I have always enjoyed reading. I noticed, however, as I got older, my reading became more work-related and less for pleasure. Or I just didn’t have the time (or make the time) to read for pleasure. After recognizing that I, personally, feel better when I carve out time for pleasure reading I decided that it was important enough to make a priority.

And science is backing me up!

There are actual health benefits to reading! It’s true!

Health benefits to reading:

  • brain stimulation
  • expands knowledge and vocabulary
  • can improve focus and concentration
  • can help improve memory
  • less snacking
  • better sleep
  • stress reduction (A 2009 study by Sussex University showed that reading can reduce stress by as much as 68 percent)
  • less time on the internet

So, while I don’t have time to be part of an organized book group, I have joined a few virtual ones online. I have also challenged myself to read one book each week – if you care to join me, here are the books that are on my list:

Devotion by Dani Shapiro

Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis

Brave, Not Perfect by Reshma Saujani

Gather at the Table by Thomas Norman DeWolf and Sharon Morgan