The first time I mentioned reading 100 books in a year, you wouldn’t believe the backlash I received. “But why?” “How are you ever going to do that?” “Who has that much time on their hands?”
I’m now a month into my goal. I am not only ahead of my reading goal but have noticed several positive effects so much reading has had on me. The benefits I saw got me thinking about the benefits of reading and ways we can stay healthier because we read.
If you’re here, I’m going to assume you’re a mom because most people who follow me are. And if this is the case, I will also guess you spend most of your days overwhelmed, overstimulated, and over-touched, just like me. When I began reading more at the end of last year, I recognized an undeniable positive shift in my mental health and overall mood. Not only was I able to get through my days not as stressed, but I had something easy to look forward to each day.
Here are a few books I recommend to boost your mental health:
Studies show that frequent reading prevents Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Reading also helps your brain to receive and process information. It is important to remember that each part of our body needs exercise to remain active and healthy, and our brain is no different.
Other brain-building activities include:
Reading any book has been shown to improve your vocabulary, with no additional work other than reading itself. Memorizing spelling patterns and vocabulary rules is easier to learn through books than through a dictionary.
When looking to expand your vocabulary through reading, it is important to read books from different genres, authors, and through different types of media. Other great ways to expand vocabulary and explore new genres of books are to join online Facebook groups, book clubs, and visit your local library.
Research shows that reading for as little as six minutes per day can reduce stress levels by more than two-thirds. Wow! Imagine what reading for half an hour per day can do?!
When we take the time to read before bed, we are also more likely to fall asleep easier, sleep better, and have more vivid dreams. With this and knowing your body, please keep in mind the types of books you read before bed because I have been known to wake myself up from a deep sleep in the middle of the night due to a crazy dream about something I had just read. Learn from my mistakes and don’t do what I did.
If you’re a homeschooler like me, you’ve undoubtedly heard of Charlotte Mason. If you haven’t, Charlotte Mason was a British educator alive at the turn of the 20th century. Charlotte Mason believed strongly that children could learn all they needed through what she called, living books. This homeschooling method seems popular among families who don’t want to spend an arm and a leg on a curriculum.
With inflation on the rise, homeschooling methods such as the Charlotte Mason Method are growing in popularity, and it’s no wonder why! With a library almost guaranteed to be in your hometown, you can easily get your hands on these literary works of art without a penny from your pocket.
The same goes for adult books. Why go to the chain bookstores and pay quadruple what you could at a thrift store, garage sale, or on a local sales page online?
After learning the 5 reasons I plan to read 100 books this year, I hope you understand more of the benefits of reading. There are hundreds of book genres and millions of titles from which to choose. If you ever need book recommendations, always comment on my posts and ask me, or find and friend me on social media!
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