Since Winter or Summer is in full swing depending on what part of the world you live in, we decided to start the year off with some recommended Reads. If you are going on Summer vacation and looking for a great book to take along, then each week we will be posting books to inspire your soul’s growth.
On the contrary, if you are in the swing of Winter then cozy up to a fire or lay under a heavy blanket with a hot cup and enjoy a good book.
This month we will reflect on non-fiction books like self-development, personal growth, travel, gratitude, and mindfulness.
Books are Good for the Soul
Reading is an activity that not only takes us to a faraway place but can boost feel-good emotions. This relaxing activity is not only teaching us to slow down but expand our intelligence and self-development. When we read we are exposed to new information as well as words that we are capable of understanding.
That’s the thing about books, they let you travel without moving your feet.
Fiction verse Non-fiction
You may lean towards fiction or non-fiction books, either way, both have plenty to offer the reader. The use of imagination, storytelling, descriptive language… need I go on.
Non-fiction books can be both educational and connect with the reader to a deep level of clarity.
The Benefits of Reading Books
Maybe you are not the world’s best reader nor you enjoy reading as a pass time. The alternate to scrolling on social media with brain-numbing content doesn’t sound so appealing either. Lol. However, you should try to encourage reading as a daily task. Not only will it teach you new and interesting things it can actually aid in reducing stress. Here are some of the benefits of reading.
- Reading can aid in sleep
- Helps to reduce stress
- It builds your vocabulary
- Helps to strengthen the brain
- Increase your empathy
- Can lengthen your lifespan
Using MRI scans, researchers have confirmed that reading involves a complex network of circuits and signals in the brain. As your reading ability matures, those networks also get stronger and more sophisticated. You can read more on the latest Healthline article.
So there you have it. If you want to stimulate the brain, grow both emotionally and mentally then reading is a great option. Books also make great gift ideas too. You don’t need to spend a fortune either, there are resources like libraries and second-hand bookstores. You could swap books with friends or gift someone with a special book you know they will love.
Don’t forget to check out our book section on the website for recommended reading material.