Food for thought

Next Library Bus Visit: TBA

glasses-booksWhen was the last time you read a book? If you’re one of countless people who don’t make a habit of reading regularly, you might be missing out: reading has a significant number of benefits:

1. Mental Stimulation – Studies have shown that staying mentally stimulated can slow the progress of (or possibly even prevent) Alzheimer’s and Dementia, since keeping your brain active and engaged prevents it from losing power.
2. Stress Reduction – A well-written novel can transport you to other realms, while an engaging article will distract you and keep you in the present moment, letting tensions drain away and allowing you to relax.
3. Knowledge – Everything you read fills your head with new bits of information, and you never know when it might come in handy. The more knowledge you have, the better-equipped you are to tackle any challenge you’ll ever face.
4. Memory Improvement – When you read a book, you have to remember an assortment of things and amazingly enough, every new memory you create forges new brain pathways and strengthens existing ones, which assists in short-term memory recall as well as stabilizing moods.
5. Improved Focus and Concentration – When you read a book, all of your attention is focused on the story—the rest of the world just falls away, and you can immerse yourself in every fine detail you’re absorbing. Try reading for 15-20 minutes first thing in the morning and you’ll be surprised at how much more focused you are throughout the day.
6. Tranquillity – In addition to the relaxation that accompanies reading a good book, it’s possible that the subject you read about can bring about immense inner peace and tranquillity. Reading can lower blood pressure and bring about an immense sense of calm.
7. Free Entertainment – Though many of us like to buy books so we can annotate them and dog-ear pages for future reference, they can be quite pricey. For low-budget entertainment, you can visit your library and bask in the glory of the countless tomes available there for free.

Contact: Sandra on 110 or Diane on 515