According to a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences older persons who make a point of reading regularly, are half as likely to get Alzheimer’s. Reading alone might not prevent Alzheimer’s, but it does help you retain information. According to Anne E.
Cunningham in her paper What Reading Does For The Mind, reading actually makes you smarter. Reading exercises your memory muscles, and allows you to continually create new memories, based on what you’ve read. Every time you create a new memory, you also instantly strengthen existing ones, thus reading allows your memory to stay sharp.
Reading a book allows you to relive and gain new perspective on past experiences. You might find that a character in a book is going through similar troubles as you, this will allow you to reevaluate your decisions and experiences, and possibly come to terms with them. Characters from books can actually allow you to gain more insight on certain aspects of your own life.
Reading also enhances your social life. A study by the National Endowment For The Arts found that you’re more likely to engage and be engaged civically and culturally, if you’re an avid reader. Reading makes you to gain knowledge on topics often discussed in social situations, allowing you to become part of social groups and discussions.
Reading allows you to escape. It allows you to get away from “real life” for a few moments, while you’re transported away into another world. When feeling overwhelmed by the hardships of life, reading for only six minutes will reduce stress level by up to 68%, according to a 2009 study.
Now, if you’re an avid reader, such as myself, you’ll find that the possibility to run out of books (and money to buy books!) ultimately seems inevitable. But as of now it’s completely possible for you to download unlimited amounts of reading-material to suit your needs at absolutely no cost!
Since I have you all excited about reading, maybe you should check out these five websites where you can legally download e-books for free:
Baen Free Library: http://www.baenebooks.com/c-1-free-library.aspx
Project Gutenberg: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/search/
Open Library: https://openlibrary.org
Happy reading from Skills Academy 🙂