Personally, I love reading. It takes me to places I’ve never been, to know people I’ve never met, and it opens different parts of my imagination that I never knew existed. It’s like going on a wild ride or vacation, and you never have to leave the comfort of your own home to experience it.

What really blows my mind are the reading statistics. Last year, over 25% of Americans never even read a single book. (HUH?) I consider books to be my friends. They accompany me everywhere I go. I never know when I might get a few unexpected minutes during the day that I can read and escape the mundanes of life.

Now that we have e-books, everyone should be able to read their favorites. Most of us own a smartphone that carries those great e-book apps. You now can download whatever genre you prefer. You might like fiction, nonfiction, fantasy, sci-fi or romance but there will never be a shortage of books, EVER!

It raises your IQ

Research has shown that children who read early are exposed to 50% more words than watching TV or talking with adults. If they continue with those good reading habits, they have higher test scores and a higher IQ. Reading helps you learn proper grammar, and it’s a way to see a craft done to perfection.

It’s exercise for the brain

Just like our bodies need exercise to stay healthy; so do our brains. When we read, it’s like we’re mentally jogging. It keeps our brain in shape. It helps fight against memory loss, keeps the synapses firing correctly and boosts brain power.

Reading relieves stress

When we read, you lose yourself in the author’s imagination. It helps us escape the stress of our daily lives by forgetting our problems for a while. By sitting still and engrossing your thoughts, will trigger your imagination, awakening different parts of the brain. It really doesn’t’ matter what we read, just that we’re reading.

It helps you fall asleep

When we read, it’s a signal to the brain that it’s time to unwind. If we make it a ritual, it’s even more beneficial than zoning out in front of a TV screen. A real book, not an e-reader, is even better for your eyes and will help you shift into sleep much easier.

It helps you understand others

When we read, we learn how other people think, how they feel, how they would handle certain situations and what makes them unique to the world. It can help us with our social skills by invoking our empathetic nature to be more understanding toward others.

Get out a book and start reading today. Nothing feeds the soul better than a good book.

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Written by

Beverley Miles

I am a 48-year-old woman with nothing more than a high school diploma and two years of college under my belt. During my short college experience, I took a creative writing class and received a D+ from my professor. I never considered myself a writer, nor had I given it much thought until I experienced a personal hardship. I escaped the pain by burying myself into something creative instead of crying all day.

I told myself, ‘Just get to 60,000 words and then you can say you’ve written a book.’ Initially, I began writing as therapy but soon discovered; I loved it. An alternate universe exists? Inside MY head? Why had I not seen this before?

My husband, daughter, and sister advised me that I should create a blog, so that’s what I did. I believe the key to life is trusting your heart and following your dreams, no matter how big or small they are. No one knows what treasures lie deep within yourself unless you’re willing to travel into unknown territory to uncover those hidden gems. For me, that is the case. I have a true passion for writing. I am grateful for this opportunity to share my thoughts with others. I hope you will enjoy them as much as I loved writing them.

I do have a book series that will come out soon. I will post a few chapters before it is published so my readers can have the first look.

XO Beverley Miles.