Resolutions for 2016 #2

In 2016 we will…

Read more books!

How many books have you read in the past month? Two, three…? Unless you have a long train commute to work every morning it can be difficult to find the time to sit down and lose yourself in a good book, but it’s incredibly important to our health, both physically and mentally.

Studies have shown that regular reading can lower the risk of mental illness such as Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Mental stimulation, such as reading, is essentially like exercise for the brain and like many things unless you use it, you’ll lose it. But many of us don’t choose to read for our health, more importantly reading should be pleasurable and is the perfect escapism after a long stressful day at work. What better way to forget about that argument you had with your boss, than snuggling up on the sofa under a blanket with a cup of hot chocolate and reading about a fantasy world.

There’s an infinite world of books out there just waiting to come alive when you read them and best of all if you sign up to your local library it won’t even cost you anything. Whether you read eBooks on a Kindle or, like myself, you prefer the more traditional feel, smell and look of a hard copy, it’s important to make time to read everyday.

Why not start compiling a wish list of all the books you would like to read and then when people ask you what you would like for Christmas you’ll actually be able to give them some ideas.