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Celebrate Seuss By Reading (It's Good for You)

By Brandi Goodman

Dr. Seuss's birthday in early March has since inspired a full month dedicated to reading. The activity is more than just a way to escape from reality. Get sucked into a good book and you're greatly benefiting your mind and memory. Celebrate Seuss by reading as often as you can throughout the month of March and hopefully every month after as well.

Reading Improves Your Memory

Reading stimulates your brain. As your mind works to both absorb the material you're looking at and comprehend it, your brain is working overtime. Your memory builds. Your thinking skills deepen. You experience improved cognitive function. Read more often and you might start to notice better brain skills in other areas of life.

Reading Enhances Your Vocabulary

Books often use words we are unfamiliar with at the time. Reading the words surrounding that one can help us infer its intended meaning and gain insight into what the book is trying to say. It may even inspire you to look it up. A quick Google search of a word can give you the exact definition. You're enhancing your vocabulary and learning something new that you may not have otherwise come across if you didn't read that particular book at that particular time.

Reading May Slow Down Cognitive Decline

More than just improving your mind at the moment, reading may actually help slow down cognitive decline. As we age, our minds tend to lose some of their sharpness and abilities. You may find your memory slipping, your language recall slow, and worse. Continue to read regularly as you get older so you can hold off this inevitable declining process and keep your brain as engaged and young as possible for as long as possible. 

Reading Boosts Mental Health

Sometimes, we just need a break from the world around us. Reading takes us into another world and focuses our minds on the stories of the characters within them. It's a great way to relax and unwind after a long day. It can help to boost your mental health when you're feeling low -- even reducing symptoms of depression. Laying back, reading a good book can lower blood pressure, help to calm your mind and body, and eliminate your stress. Read before bed and you may even be able to sleep better because of it.

Those who say they don't enjoy reading just haven't found the right book. With every genre imaginable, there's something out there for everyone. Find an action-packed novel that keeps you excited or a horror read that leaves you on edge. Even a graphic novel can do your mind good. Whatever you're into, find a book that keeps your interest and read it to celebrate Seuss and gain all the amazing benefits of reading.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Indianapolis, Ind.

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