September 6th is National Read A Book Day – a great day to read and promote both print and digital books!
The origin of this unofficial holiday is not documented, but it began somewhere around the first decade of the 2000’s. We think it was most likely created by a librarian to encourage people to read books. While we live in the Age of Information where answers are available at the click of a mouse, taking the time to sit down and read a book offers many benefits. Studies have discovered that reading:
• Makes you more empathetic
• Extends your lifespan by an average of two years
• Delays cognitive decline
• Reduces depression
• Improves your vocabulary and communication skills
• Increases your social life
• Makes you a more interesting and well-rounded person
• Lowers stress
• Makes you more resilient
• Improves confidence and self-esteem
• Increases creativity
• Improves memory
• Increases focus and concentration
• Rewires the brain and creates new neural connections
Reading has even been prescribed as a tool for healing. Bibliotherapy is a practice that has been around since the Middle Ages. It prescribes reading as a therapy for overcoming life’s emotional challenges. It has successfully been used to treat alcoholism, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bulimia, and insomnia, as well as other disorders.
There are so many ways that one can celebrate National Read a Book Day. We recommend the easiest and most beneficial…pick up a book and READ!