I've got some bad news for those of you who don't like to read. You better start! Reading has so many health benefits you wouldn't believe!
Reading Helps Depression
A recent study was conducted on clinically depressed patients that showed those who began reading on a regular basis, especially inspirational and self-help books, were all around happier and showed less signs of depression.
Reading is a Natural Stress Reliever
If something is currently stressing you out, be it work, money, family... try getting lost in a book for an hour. It is said that reading relieves stress more effectively than going for a walk, drinking a cup of tea or listening to music. If I am going through something terrible, I like to sometimes read about a situation that is far worse than mine, as to put my life and troubles back into perspective.
Reading Improves Your Memory
Reading regularly can actually improve your memory. Think about all of the characters you are introduced to in a book. Once you learn about them, you have to remember all of the details about them in order for the rest of the book to make sense. This helps you exercise your memory, and the more you read, the better you get at remembering important things. Scientists even say that a person who reads often is less likely to develop Alzheimer's later in life. That sounds worth it to me!
Reading Makes You Knowledgable
This shouldn't be a surprise to anyone. Of course, when we read, we are learning. We are never too old to learn, and we will never know everything there is. After all, Socrates said "Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel". Reading also increases your vocabulary and is said to help you communicate better with others, and to better understand their displays of emotion.
Give It a Shot
Try setting aside an hour of your day to sit outside by the pool, or a comfy chair with a blanket and a cup of tea and read. My favorite book to read when I need some perspective is Letters to my Son by Kent Nerburn. I can't count how many times I've read this book. I highly recommend it to people of all ages. You think you know all there is about life until you read this man's inspiring, wise, raw, soulful advice that he put in writing for his son when he was born. It is truly amazing and calms me every time I pick it up.