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Why Reading Is So Healthy

By Sandy Schroeder

If you love to read you know how delicious it can be. You can read and relax anywhere. Wherever you are, if you have a few minutes you can learn something new or take a fictional trip to another spot in the world.

Now health experts are suggesting reading is even more special and healthy than we suspected. Here are some of the things that happen when you make reading a part of every day.

Easy way to relax and escape – I always felt like reading was an escape when I was a child. No matter what boring task came up at home, if I polished it off I could head back to my book to relax. Now as an adult I realize reading is a good way to let go of the day.

Helpful way to understand others – If you read much fiction, you will realize the author’s closer look into the characters’ lives provides a lot of material on what makes them tick. The more you read, the more you may see people you recognize, helping you understand the people around you better.

Reading stimulates thinking – Just walking through a bookstore does that for me. I can easily come away with a whole stack of new books with fresh ideas.  Leaf through a few books, or start reading one that intrigues you and see what ideas pop up. Film can stimulate new ideas, but I think books get inside our heads and push the creativity buttons.

New understanding of others happens – Seeing others on the news may give us a better idea of what is going on, but skilled authors providing good books can help us understand who these people are, and why we need to know more about them. All of the small details of their lives, both happy and sad, may emerge in the details of a good book.

Contentment happens – If you have a favorite author of really good fiction, you know how satisfying their stories can be. With a good book, you simply don’t want to come to the last page. You want to linger a little longer in the story with the characters. Keep looking for authors who really involve you in the story and make you want to stay. That’s contentment.

Stress evaporates – No matter how long the day has been, if I have a glass of dry white wine, or a soothing cup of tea and my favorite author, I’m good. Curled up in my favorite reading spot, my body lets go of stress and relaxes as I enter the reading zone. If you are still looking for a good stress-reliever, find a good author and give it a try.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Spring, Tex.

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