Read and Grow Healthy

There’s nothing like pumping books.
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by Andy Scheer

The day after federal health watchdogs released their latest dietary recommendations, I encountered an infographic titled Benefits of Reading.

Rather than make me worry about my intake of salt, sugar, caffeine, or cholesterol, this online poster gives me comfort. While I’m not an Olympic-level reader, my time with a book, magazine, or an e-reader, does more than exercise my mind. It’s also good for my body.

Follow the link and you’ll see that just six minutes of reading (why stop so soon) can ease muscle tension and reduce stress more than listening to music (68%), drinking tea (100%), and walking (300%). Who knows how much you’d benefit if you listened to music, sipped tea, and took along a book on your walk.

There’s more. People with improved literacy, the infographic claims, have higher incomes, are more likely to own their home, and are less likely to divorce. And by reading aloud to young children you boost their brain development, build a stronger relationship with them, and encourage their academic success.

The graphic claims there’s nothing like a brain on books. The act of reading:
—expands your vocabulary
—boosts your memory
—develops your analytic skills
—improves your communication skills
—enhances your ability to focus

So take time from your health-inducing reading to reflect on how much good you’re doing for yourself and those around you.

Caution: If you’re skeptical about these research-supported findings, federal experts advise against taking them with more than one grain of salt.

 

About Andy Scheer

With more than 30 years in publishing, Andy Scheer has provided freelance editorial services since 2010. He has edited fiction and nonfiction for publishers including Moody, WinePress, and BelieversPress, as well as for clients including Dirk Cussler, McNair Wilson, DiAnn Mills, Heather Day Gilbert, and Sammy Tippit.

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