This post first appeared on January 1, 2019
"I don’t read.”
I’m always amazed when someone tells me this with a little pride in their voice, as if reading is an unsavory vice.
Or when someone says, “I don’t have time to read.” As if reading is a waste of time when there are more pressing things to attend to in life.
If you’re here, most likely you’d agree that there are many positive things that come from reading, most importantly, happiness. For isn’t that the root of most New Year’s resolutions? Finding happiness?
Whether it’s through losing weight, getting more money, more time, of other goals that aren’t always easily achieved, if at all. While reading can bring peace, happiness, and more with no cost other than a little bit of your time.
For the Reading Nay-sayers
The next time someone says that they don’t read, or they have no time for it, perhaps the best response would be to say, that’s a shame. Then proceed to mention the benefits that come along with the happiness at escaping from the worries of the world. Thing like:
- Mental Stimulation and memory improvement- To hold off cognitive decline by engaging our minds
- Stress Reduction and Tranquility– We all look forward to escaping for a vacation, or a getaway, but sometimes it’s a long wait. Reading allows us to escape for a magical reprieve, anytime, anywhere.
- Gaining Knowledge – Through exposure to new words, different cultures, and perspectives that may help you think more analytically
- Expanding Vocabulary– Which can help you become more articulate and maybe even increase your self-confidence
- Free Entertainment – We all like to be entertained. Reading is one way to enjoy this luxury for no more than the cost of a book, or free if you belong to a library
…Just to name a few.
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Some might even say that all these benefits may mean that reading makes you a happier person. It’s certainly one of the easiest resolutions to keep, and one of the most enjoyable.
Perhaps instead of making resolutions that you feel obligated to make, that you might dread just a little, or the same one you make year after year. Perhaps to resolve to make more time for reading, and have a happier new year.
Happy New Year!
Does Reading Make You Happier?
Author Bio: Maureen Bonatch grew up in small town Pennsylvania and her love of the four seasons—hockey, biking, sweat pants and hibernation—keeps her there. While immersed in writing or reading paranormal romance and fantasy, she survives on caffeine, wine, music, and laughter. A feisty Shih Tzu keeps her in line. Find Maureen on her website, Facebook& Twitter
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