The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. - Dr. Seuss
National Read a Book Day is September 6th! Reading for me is the ultimate form of relaxation and fun. Reading not only improves memory and concentration but also reduces stress. Older adults who spend time reading show a slower cognitive decline and tend to participate in more mentally stimulating activities over their lifetime. Books are an inexpensive entertainment, educational tool, and time machine too!
In the eighteenth century, essayists Joseph Addison and Sir Richard Steele wrote, “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”
In a study conducted by the University of Sussex, individuals who had read for merely six minutes exhibited slower heart rates, less muscle tension, and reduced stress levels. Dr. David Lewis, the Neuroscientist who conducted the study, reported that reading, “is more than merely a distraction but an active engaging of the imagination as the words on the printed page stimulate your creativity and cause you to enter what is essentially an altered state of consciousness.” It turns out getting lost in a good book truly is the ultimate form of relaxation!
Stop by Frisco Public Library and leisurely browse our collections and checkout a book for yourself and your family and sit back, relax, and read!
Here are some recommendations to discover your next great read: