"There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island."
- Walt Disney
This week, The Weekly Beet reports on the incredible benefits that reading has on the human mind. Mary Kent buries her nose in a book, revealing why we all could use a little escape from our daily reality.
Whether it's the fantasy world of Harry Potter or the daily reality of the Wall Street Journal, reading has a profound effect on the human psyche. Reading, the single most important way to learn any language, is the only form of entertainment learned in school and required on the job. Unfortunately, this required skill continues to put America in the middle of a literacy crisis, as the written word is on the fast track to becoming replaced by digital media. With 23% of the American population illiterate and the average American watching four hours of television a day, reading, like letter writing, is sadly becoming a lost art.
Luckily, research is proving that from fiction to non, getting lost in a book can sometimes be just what the doctor ordered. Even the act of picking out a good book at a local bookstore can be extremely therapeutic. We say don't be among the 70% of adults in America who have not visited a bookstore in the past five years. Go book shopping!
The following are a few healthy reasons why everyone should spend their dollars on the written word. Reading:
- Provides an escape from daily life.
- Relaxes the body by eliminating worry, stress, and anxiety.
- Rejuvenates the soul and increases longevity.
- Allows children to express
- Keeps the mind active.
- Increases concentration.
- Promotes better writing and reading skills.
- Stimulates the imagination by triggering curiosity and creativity.
- Inspires, motivates, and increases knowledge.
- Enhances language development.
- Entertains us all.
Whether it's to yourself or aloud, reading isn't just for teens and grown-ups! Click here to find out the benefits of reading to your infant.
It's time to be a book worm! Find something you love to read! Don't miss a Beet. Stay tuned for next week.
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