Now that the holidays are long over with, it only makes sense that we’re all looking for ways to survive the bleakest, coldest months of the year. That means staying engaged, productive, and entertained even though bad weather and prohibitively chilly temps may keep us inside.
These days, millions of us are so busy that our daily reading routine consists of nothing more substantial than tweets or Facebook updates. The coldest months of the year are the perfect
time to sink your teeth into something meaty and satisfying – a truly engaging book. Let’s take a closer look at why books should be at the top of your to-do list this winter.
1. Books keep your mind healthy.
Multiple studies have shown
that keeping your mind stimulated can slow the progress of conditions like Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, if not prevent them altogether. That’s because, as with your muscles, your mind is a “use it or lose it” asset, and it needs something a lot more stimulating than Internet memes and tweets to keep it truly engaged. This winter, treat it to a story that’s stood the test of time and reach for a classic novel like Moby Dick
or A Tale of Two Cities
2. Books help promote tranquility.
When you choose the right topic, reading can totally help boost your sense of inner peace – just what the doctor ordered during a blizzard or winter rain storm. If you’re spiritually inclined, consider studying the Bible, the Quran, or another spiritual text of your choice. Alternatively, you can reach for a self-help book to nudge you to continue to make progress on your New Year’s resolutions.
3. Books can teach you something new.
Reading offers us a golden opportunity to learn something new each and every time we pick up a book. This winter, consider letting a book teach you a new skill or introduce you to a topic that has long held your fascination. Looking forward to starting a garden in the spring? Get prepared by reading up on how to maintain a regional garden
where you live. Always been interested in airplanes and flight? Try a book on the history of aviation. The possibilities are endless!
4. Books help you keep stress levels low.
If you’re like many people, you’re so busy most of the time that you barely have a spare second to think. It’s not just our jobs, relationship stresses, and home responsibilities that keep us stressed out, either. Maintaining a much-too-full social calendar in your free time can do the same thing. Take advantage of the slow pace of the colder months by spending more free time at home with a book. You’ll love how easily worry, stress, and tension simply slip away when you lose yourself in a good story.
5. Books help you improve your ability to concentrate.
Here in the internet age, the average person has become used to multitasking their way through the day and having their attention drawn in numerous directions at once. This can eventually lead to elevated stress levels, lowered productivity, and a lowered ability to concentrate. Books require you to focus on just one thing at a time for a change, counteracting the negative effects of living in such a fast-paced world.
6. Books can help you become a more empathetic person.
These days, it’s more important than ever that we cultivate the ability to empathize with our fellow man, and nothing helps us do that better than putting ourselves in his shoes for a moment. This winter, consider becoming more socially aware by reading up on the history of a cultural group for a fresh change of perspective.
7. Books can improve your writing skills and vocabulary.
No matter what their profession or walk of life, everyone can benefit from working on their communication skills. When you make it a point to devote your time and energy to reading, you improve your written and verbal abilities via repeated exposure to new words, information, and turns of phrase. You’ll become better at expressing yourself, at making yourself clear, and at communicating in general.
Of course, these are just a few of the many reasons why there’s no better way to pass a cold winter’s day than with a book. Explore the magic of reading yourself, this season, and discover the others firsthand!