Are you planning to read more in 2018?
Even if you don’t believe in the New Year’s Resolutions hype, reading more should be one of your priorities in 2018. Why?
The answer is simple: reading is great for your brain. Just like your body needs physical activity in order to function properly, so does your mind need a regular workout to maintain healthy. And reading provides that.
According to researchers at Emory University Center, reading improves brain connectivity. Neurons in the left temporal cortex become much more active. This improves your ability to “put yourself in someone else’s shoes”, a phenomenon technically called “embodied cognition”, which makes you more open-minded and empathic towards others.
George R.R. Martin put this beautifully in one of his novels: “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one”.
Moreover, reading improves memory and prevents harrowing brain diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.
So, what’s your reading objective for this year?